Chapter 1.docx - 1 Learning to Think Politically Political thinking process which conclusions are made Authoritarian govt suppress individuality dem

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1. Learning to Think Politically Political thinking: process which conclusions are made Authoritarian govt. suppress individuality, dem. Liberate individuals. Major Barriers Unwillingness for citizens to make an effort Paradox of modern communication (ppl slanting info to fit their purpose) Analytical tools for pol. Science Reliable info about how pol. Sys. Operates Sys. Generalizations about major tendencies in American politics Terms + Concepts that describe key aspects of politics No solution in Democracy Ppl can devise crooked visions of reality 2. Political Culture: American’s Enduring Beliefs Political Culture Widely shared pol. Beliefs of country America has many dif. Countries, its original beliefs stemmed from European beliefs, unlike other countries who do not have diversity. Four Core Values Liberty- do what we want as long as we don’t harm anyone, almost a birthright for early Americans Individualism: self-reliance that we developed ourselves (not in socialism) Equality: birthright, protected by law, still struggle w/ race, gender, etc.

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