Lecture One

Lecture One - The father of realism is Machiavelli(darth...

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The father of realism is Machiavelli? (darth vader/ voldemort of political theory) Argues people are ungrateful, fickle, corrupt, evil (only realist) Population has to be controlled (through gov’t) Purpose of government is security [chancellor—v for vendetta, queen of hearts] John Locke (heath claims he’s realist) State of nature: not inherently bad/good (it is neutral) Government serves for the preservation of property and natural rights Government is limited (opposite of Machiavelli) Only wants government to act so that your unalienable rights are maintained Strongly influenced American rev, texas constitution, Dec of ind Rousseau Does not believe civilized society is an improvement of a state of nature Views society and govt as a problem (matrix) Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains You have to agree to be governed Believes all society is corrupt Believes societies focus on indiv desires and promotes inequality Soc/govt are tools; part of the problem Shifts back to idealism (how govt should/ought to be)
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