Notes on Start - Start-up problems Weak partisan attachments Indifference to political affairs Demanding rights without responsibilities American public

Notes on Start - Start-up problems Weak partisan...

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Start-up problems? Weak partisan attachments? Indifference to political affairs? Demanding rights without responsibilities? American public is uninformed about politics Political tolerance Willingness to allow groups whose political beliefs you dislike to exercise their First Amendment freedoms Changes over time in the extent of political tolerance (particularly for groups on the left end of the political spectrum) Education and political sophistication as some of the major influences on political tolerance Are elites then the protectors of our democratic values? Tolerance of different groups’ teaching over time (GSS data) Political participation as the criterion of ideal citizenship
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Unformatted text preview: • Where do our opinions come from? • Political socialization as the main theory here • Some awareness of political system starts to develop as early as between the ages of 3 and 9 • The kids begin to acquire some sense of political community • They start becoming aware of “elections” and “voting” Who picks the president? “People do. They all vote together at schools. People who want the most, vote him. The more vote. The president voted most wins” 5-year-old answering the above question • Attachments to political parties and social groups start to develop...
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