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I. Four parables of responsibility under conditions of degeneration. a. debate over immorality of permanent theater (Tacitus 322-23) b. decadence at home in Rome, but Roman civilizing mission abroad—Boudicca (Tacitus 328) c. debate about killing innocent slaves alongside guilty ones (Tacitus 334) d. Seneca and the cowardice of philosophy when complicit with empire (Tacitus 338) e. add a fifth: Epicharis’s refusal to name names (Tacitus 373) II. Loss of interest in cultivating freedom—freedom as a practice. freedom not identical to license. III. How to interpret the dissymmetries between politics in metropole and politics in colony? a. optimistic: progress b. pessimistic: degeneration c. as aberration (another form of pessimism) d. mutual constitution a. sovereignty. IV. What’s distinct about modern imperialism. V. Tocqueville in America problems and proimse of democracy. rule of law, contract: freedom for some, tyranny for others. VI. Citizen versus bourgeois: what prevents the French from having good colonies.
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Lecture 4. I. Summary: three tasks last time. II. Tocqueville’s task: to intervene, but not too much. new political science. III. Contexts: why the French were in Algeria. Barbary piracy. Napoleonic losses. French rivalry with Britain. pettiness of domestic politics. IV. Going outside to make up for the disappointments of internal events. visual metaphors.
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