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November 10 Lecture

Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal (7th Edition)

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November 10, 2009 Lecture: Which of the Following is NOT a characteristic of liberalism? A. State neutrality B. Emphasis on rights C. Toleration D. Recognition of pluralism E. Defence to tradition Burke (continued) Human Nature and Society: 2 - Against the liberal, legalistic, business-like social contract - Society is not created by our consent - Sacred intergenerational covenant Freedom - Freedom is not necessarily good - Rights are concrete, not abstract and universal - Ordered liberty to act in accordance with society’s laws and traditions Revolution and Reform - Revolution, radicalism, innovation are all mistaken - Reform: careful, gradual, recognizes complexity of society - Prefer “prejudice” to abstract reason Burke on Government - Reflective, responsible, representatives - Trustees who prefer their own judgement to the people’s opinion - Natural aristocracy and little platoons Conservatism in the 19 th Century: Joseph De Maistre - Reactionary - Throne and Altar - Against enlightenment rationality - Praises instinct
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