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Technology & Political Ideals 1. Utopian Idealization a. Internet allows us to participate more directly in politics than we could in the past. 2. Constant a. Distinction between two concepts i. Ancient liberty: people voting and engaging directly in an assembly. 1. Only hundreds & thousands, not millions 2. Being able to participate involved a lot of time -> slavery 3. Sacrifice of individual rights/privacy ii. Modern Liberty: Enjoyment of personal liberties 1. Make choices free from interference by government because of laws 2. Almost no collective control or participation in government 3. Only occasional participation & indirect -> voting, representatives 4. You count for less -> 1/1,000,000 / 1/100 1) Freedom as noninterference. 2) Republican Freedom 1) Space of activity that you can do what you want. 2) Collective participation in political decision making. *Can we have one without the other? 2) Not the same as democracy 2) Tells us we are unfree even though we have little interference.
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2) Republican Freedom: a. instrumental b. intrinsic a. Participating in politics is a means to end without participation -> individual
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