Introduction Notes

American Democracy in Peril: Eight Challenges to America's Future

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Unformatted text preview: I nt roduction: Models of Democracy Protective Advocates popular control of government as a means of protecting individual liberty Jeremy Bentham and James Mill o Bentham founded Utilitarianism (greatest good for greatest number) o Democracy is a method for protecting both citizens and capitalisms market relationships James Madison o Chief danger to limited government was factions, most major concern was a faction of non-property holders passing laws to take property from the rich for their own o Excess of democracy was a major factor at the Constitutional Convention, many arrangements intended to reduce the potential for a majority to threaten individual liberty Values democratic institutions and procedures to the extent that they protect and nurture a liberal, capitalist, market society Separation of powers Protective democrats are less concerned about the existence or potential threat of material inequality Developmental Democratic Ideal More positive view of people as opposed to Protective Democracy...
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