TOPIC 4 - b Government takes the initiative to protect helpless c Ensures that freedom is not arbitrarily denied to certain categories of

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TOPIC 4 Civil Rights and Liberties Introduction A. Fundamental Questions 1. Liberty vs. social order; individual vs. government 2. Delicate balance 3. Ultimate test of the performance of democracy B. Political Conflict 1. General nature of civil rights and liberties A. Characteristics a. Equality b. Human dignity c. Freedom B. Distinction between civil liberties and civil rights 1. Shield and sword 2. Civil liberties = Shield a. Negative safeguard against government action b. When government is prevented from acting in order to protect or not unreasonably limit freedom c. Ensure that individuals are free to make choices 3. Civil Rights = Sword a. Positive weapon wielded by government
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Unformatted text preview: b. Government takes the initiative to protect helpless c. Ensures that freedom is not arbitrarily denied to certain categories of individuals II. Protection of Civil Rights and Liberties A. Rights and Liberties are Not absolute 1. Conflict between liberty and social order 2. Conflict between rights 3. How does society balance these conflicts? B. Exercise of Civil Rights and Liberties 1. “You can exercise your right only as long as it does not interfere with someone else’s rights.” 2. Wrong! 3. Exercise of civil rights is a political problem 4. Whatever the majority will tolerate III. Discussion of Specific Civil Rights and Liberties...
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course POLS 206 taught by Professor Someonethatwasjusttryingtogettheirdoctorate during the Spring '06 term at Texas A&M.

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TOPIC 4 - b Government takes the initiative to protect helpless c Ensures that freedom is not arbitrarily denied to certain categories of

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