6 R - POLS 206-508 R 9/6/07 Liberalism and Paine I....

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POLS 206-508 R 9/6/07 Liberalism and Paine I. Liberalism vs. the Classical Theory II. The American Revolution The Pamphlet War (1760-1775) III. Common Sense IV. Paine’s Model of Government Liberalism and Paine I. Liberalism vs. the Classical Theory A. Classical Theory: grounded in Greek and Roman thinkers (Aristotle) Begins in groups—doesn’t explain how we come together; natural Government will form naturally—what KIND of government? Limited # of possibilities; to choose one, you exclude the others The one you choose will end up being corrupt because they are only concerned with their own interests 1. Monarchy: government by one person (king, queen, czar) +Only have to worry about one person agreeing +Get things done faster -No obligation to interest of others 2. Aristocracy: ruled by a few people, ruled by the wise + - Less efficient than monarchy because of more people 3. Democracy +People are able to see their own interests +Satisfy a large group of people -Can become mob rule B. Mixed Regime: The best way to make your government is to combine
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course POLS 206 taught by Professor Someonethatwasjusttryingtogettheirdoctorate during the Fall '06 term at Texas A&M.

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