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POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY
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Topics in Political Geography Political culture Electoral geography Gerrymandering Political iconography
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Political culture and electoral geography
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Would you expect to see the equivalent warning in the US? Why not? “SMOKING KILLS”
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Political Culture varies from place to place In Europe individual welfare is placed above the interests of companies and economic growth In the US companies and economic growth are favored even when it adversely affects individual health, safety and welfare Americans value “freedom” but tend to overlook ways in which collective choices impinge on individual freedom, leaving people to their own (unequal) resources
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map of political cultures in the U.S. Source: Daniel Elazar Traditionalistic: Family-based social order (patriarchal, anti-gov., racial hierarchy) Individualistic: Pressure-group politics Moralistic: Government as legitimate protector of the public good Ethnic: Government as protector of ethnic identity
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Political culture region (formal) Goldwater was a conservative Republican who called for less government, a strong military, and the end of federal welfare programs; he lost to Johnson. Wallace was a defender of racial segregation and personally stood in the way of Black students who were attempting to attend the University of Alabama
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Barry Goldwater quotes “The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.” “A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.” “You've got to forget about this civilian. Whenever you drop bombs, you're going to hit civilians.” “I could have ended the war in a month. I could have made North Vietnam look like a mud puddle.”
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George Wallace quotes “I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” “I've read about foreign policy and studied -- I know the number of continents.”
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George Wallace’s 1963 speech at the University of Alabama The unwelcomed, unwanted, unwarranted and force-induced intrusion upon the campus of the University of Alabama today of the might of the Central Government offers frightful example of the oppression of the rights , privileges and sovereignty of this State by officers of the Federal Government. This intrusion results solely from force, or threat of force, undignified by any reasonable application of the principle of law, reason and justice. It is important that the people of this State and nation understand that this action is in
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