1.Learning to Think PoliticallyPolitical thinking: process which conclusions are madeAuthoritarian govt. suppress individuality, dem. Liberate individuals.Major BarriersUnwillingness for citizens to make an effortParadox of modern communication (ppl slanting info to fit their purpose)Analytical tools for pol. ScienceReliable info about how pol. Sys. OperatesSys. Generalizations about major tendencies in American politicsTerms + Concepts that describe key aspects of politicsNo solution in DemocracyPpl can devise crooked visions of reality2.Political Culture: American’s Enduring BeliefsPolitical CultureWidely shared pol. Beliefs of countryAmerica has many dif. Countries, its original beliefs stemmed from European beliefs, unlike other countries who do not have diversity.Four Core ValuesLiberty- do what we want as long as we don’t harm anyone, almost a birthright for early AmericansIndividualism: self-reliance that we developed ourselves (not in socialism)Equality: birthright, protected by law, still struggle w/ race, gender, etc.