government - 2/6/2008 1:44:00 PM What is the dilemma? The...

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06/02/2008 13:44:00 What is the dilemma? The dilemma is that democracy applies to all and it is possible to elect an  illiberal government with democratic means. A current example of this could be  seen as the election of Hamas in Palestine What is constitutional liberalism? Constituional liberalism is the idea that all men have certain rights like those  found in the constitution. This is not intrinsically democratic however. What is a sham democracy? A sham democracy produces violence, disarray, and new forms of tyranny. What is the argument? The argument is that a democracy must have some degree of constitutional  liberalism in order to be democracy. Democracy is basically not just one rigid  definition, because each democracy should be different. What does the last sentence on p 20 mean? This sentence means that western government is more based in constitutional  liberalism than in the rule of the majority. Why is America’s version of liberal democracy wearing thin? American version is wearing thin due to the idea of extreme democratization.  The constant pulse of the people runs through the government In what ways is the political system dysfunctional? Mass constant campaigning is “hollowing out” American democracy. What is the purpose of this book? This book is a call for self-control and balance between liberty and democracy.
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06/02/2008 13:44:00 Democracies, Nations, and citizens Democracy o Ambiguous desired o Western complacency o Prescriptive and descriptive o Complex history o Descriptive – principle, concept, and procedure Origins of democracy Majorities and minorities Economic change argument kinda Marxist view of history Hobbes – people elected a king metaphorically Nation provides focus for loyalty and identity
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06/02/2008 13:44:00 Citizen in a democracy Authority and Legitimacy The citizens regard for and attitude to the government of the state o Authority given under the rules o Legitimacy what people believe is right Six needs of democracy For education For political stability hope and confidence For wealth constraints For civil defense For universal democracy For the defense of the democratic process Types of citizenship 2.) Electoral – Voting Specialist take part in voting, referendum, voting process  etc 3.) Political – Activist you know this. Knows what society needs 4.) Civic – habitat for humanity help the community blah. What society needs 
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