Chapter 1 Summary

Chapter 1 Summary - Chapter 1 At its best politics can be a...

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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 1 At its best, politics can be a civilizing activity. It can preserve the peace, protect human rights, advance economic well-being, and encourage excellence in the arts and sciences. At its worst, however, politics--particularly for those on the losing side of the struggle for power--makes for war, tyranny, economic ruin, and barbarism. In chapter 1 we explore politics at its best and at its worst by examining some classic models in history, literature, and political philosophy. Certain patterns emerge, which we call “political games.” Can the serious business of politics be called a game? We do not mean to imply a frivolous pastime. We do, however, mean to suggest that all politics as contests have certain basic elements commonly found in other kinds of games: players , stakes , rules , and strategies and tactics . To better understand the variety of political games, we can construct a scheme called the destruction- accommodation- conversion continuum. At one end of the continuum are games aimed at complete destruction of the opposing player. In the continuum....
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