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Law and Politics Quiz 1 You have the remainder of the class period to complete this quiz. Make sure your name appears at the top of the first page. Closed books and notes, please. From the Reading and Discussion… Answer the following questions as completely as you can, but be brief. (5 points each) Fairlie says “the politician’s most important art is that of retaining his flexibility and his capacity for maneuver, and exploiting them to the full.” What characteristic(s) of the public realm require(s) this? Imponderabilia (says Fairlie), or the general unpredictability of a world filled with changing uncontrollable events and infinitely varied people. Arendt says action is “boundless.” Why, according to Arendt, is this so? Arendt says action “always establishes relationships and therefore has an inherent tendency to force open all limitations and cut across all boundaries.” (p. 2 of 9). Fairlie says “the public is not by itself a political body.” Why, according to Fairlie, is this so? By “public,” here, Fairlie means the large, undifferentiated mass of people who are not engaged in the activity of politics. As such, they have no political potential on their own. Imagine a business meeting called on Monday morning to review the other meetings that are scheduled for the week. The managers meet, agree that “they’re all on the same page,” and adjourn. Is this a public, in the sense Arendt describes? Why or why not? Likely not. There’s no place for action here. Imagine a business meeting called to “brainstorm” possible solutions to a business problem that a particular company faces. Participants meet, volunteer ideas, argue, agree on some things, disagree on others, but fail to reach any consensus. Is this a public in the sense Arendt describes? Why or why not? Likely so. This sounds like a group of people interacting—the precondition for comprising a public, according to Arendt. Fairlie says “the political realm need not be feared as other [e.g.
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economic] realms must be.” Why is this so? In its pluralism, the political realm is always “divided against itself,” and thus checks its own excesses. Economic activity, by contrast, is by definition oriented exclusively to the advancement of selfish gains. In some respects these may be cancelled by market forces, but not necessarily. Large concentrations of economic power are hard to affect or control because they’re driven by the same unitary motivation. Fairlie says that “it’s the activity of politics that defines the purpose of politics.” Would Arendt agree? Why or why Arendt would agree. Her conception of politics is simply the appearance of public action, “no matter what its specific content.” Arendt writes of the original motivation for politics as seeking an opportunity to distinguish oneself in public action. Thus, if there is any purpose to politics it is simply the opportunity to act publicly, that is to “do politics.” Arendt says power, unlike strength or force, is always a “power
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