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Poli Sci Jan 29 - Lecture 1/29 Consequences and...

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Lecture 1/29 Consequences and Implications of the Liberal Consensus -Limited Government Government action is only a last resort. If society can't solve a problem, the government enters. The post office used to sell stationary, but the private sector was perfectly able to do this. The government was pushing the private sector out of business. Post offices no longer do this. The market is free, sink or swim Weak sense of sovereign power (single authority) There is no final authority and all decisions are in flux. Nothing is ever settled, decisions can be challenged. -Belief in 'natural' harmony Disruptions are caused by outsiders and their ideas When socialist ideas began to gain popularity in Milwaukee, some people started to worry because it didn't fit with the liberal consensus. It was a 'foreign' idea. Questioning the liberal consensus is 'unAmerican.' De-emphasis on social class identity There is a fear that the more the population is divided into classes, the more there will be political implications such as unequal representation.
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