weiner notes 1 - Liberal Democracy or Liberalism v....

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I. Angels in America II. From Locke -> Rousseau III. Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) a. Biographical Sketch b. Discourse on origin of inequality (1755) c. The social contract (1762) 15 th -18 th at 7pm Freely being able to be the person you want to be. Kushner says act 3 scene 2 where louis and Belize “why has democracy succeeded in America” “why does the power that was once the power that was so secured in a pyramid… I mean it’s the hard thing about being left… freedom that’s the worst. So what does freedom mean. .” Louis does not aspire great confidence, whe’re intended to take this with a grain of salt. Limitation of liberalism, a kind of political doctrine that emphasizes rights and property. If we choose to leave our dying lover, we are allowed to do so. It’s not up to the test of being there when ship hits the fan. Liberalism has established this idea of tolerance, and can mask real hatred. Kushner suggests that when things really go wrong that it’s not enough We will be citizens… the time has come. The work is the work of citizenship stepping out into the world not asking for tolerance but being tolerated as an equal citizen. As a citizen I have responsibility for what goes on this worked. There will be much more emphasis in participation, Not so concerned about property, chapter 5 property for Rousseau it’s not “property but citizenship” being a citizen with all that entails. Rousseau is concerned worries about inequality on a community, the way it corrodes on society. \\ Locke – some people are going to be better that getting property than others, writing into lawy protecting economic properties Roseau= if we have these inequalities how it going to protect our community. Civil society… the state of nature… don’t be mislead by those same terms. Rousseau Is not born into an upper class family. Roussea birth was also traumatic because his mother died during child birth. In his early years he had intense relationship with his father, in Geneva, was a clock maker, and father fled Geneva, so he was cared for by other family members. Rousseau begs for a psychalitic interpretation he is the theorist that put psychologist on the map. He’s ten years old and he doesn’t have either parent. His father used to read novels and biographies and has a schizophrenic approach to his political thinking. Sparta and other ancient civilizations he tries to take us back to the time of the Spartans. Very interested in psychology and is a modern thinker. Marx will have echoes of roussea, he has had a great influence on 20 th centure thingser. Then he flees Geneva. When he turned 13 he was apprentice to an engraver and in exchange he got food clothing and place to stay. His master was very cruel and was a walled city. He takes long walk into the country then comes too late and the walls are closed. The second time he doesn’t go back and he takes a walk around Europe. When he turns 20 he
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course POLS 203 taught by Professor Weiner during the Spring '08 term at University of San Francisco.

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