POLI100 Notes - American Democracy

POLI100 Notes- - AMERICAN DEMOCRACY Deliberative Democracy Political Disagreement A Central Part of Our Democracy source of danger source of

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AMERICAN DEMOCRACY Deliberative Democracy Political Disagreement A Central Part of Our Democracy – source of danger + source of security (protecting our democracy) The Need for Open-Mindedness & Discussion – we can’t talk only to people who agree with us because it doesn’t contribute to the marketplace of ideas, would produce more extreme close-mindedness – during discussions, must give reasons that appeal to common values Constitutional Foundation issues get debated – one branch of government simply can’t act without consulting with the other branches Commitment to Reason Giving – implicit in our system of Checks & Balances – demands that we give reasons for the actions we want to take – have to justify your position in terms that others find reasonable (cannot only use religion, tradition to justify our stands) – traditions always established by those who hold dominant power in a society
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course POLI 100 taught by Professor Rabinowitz during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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POLI100 Notes- - AMERICAN DEMOCRACY Deliberative Democracy Political Disagreement A Central Part of Our Democracy source of danger source of

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