October 26th Lecture and D - Political Theory...

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Political TheoryOctober 26, 2015Discussion/Lecture NotesSchneider argues that riots are protestMachiavelli says that riots cleanse corruptionPresence of riots is a sign that the people have not been corruptedToday we focus on corruption of individual peopleMachiavelli looks at the whole system as corruptMachiavelli tells us whole peoples can be corruptFight against and be vigilant against corrupt tendenciesMachiavelli’s world: On a decline then on an ascensionYou can fight against corruption and decay even if you cannot totally defeat itoExample: RomePage 29-oRiots are good in and of themselvesoSign that people value liberty oRiots were primary cause of Roman libertyoGive more consideration to the noises and the cries arising from the riots, rather than the good effects they produceoBorn between the rift of 2 groups = good lawsPage 30-oDesires of free people are rarely harmful of libertyoNatural inclination is to not be oppressedoRiots produce anti-corrupt measuresoEstablish institutions and good lawsoInstitutions literally institutionalize conflictPage 35-oWhy was Sparta in some ways “stable?”

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