Lecture 2 draft final

Lecture 2 draft final - Lecture #2 9/02/09 Review: What...

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Lecture #2 – 9/02/09 Review: What does it mean to be American? Freedom – from government restrictions (religion, speech) Free Market – capitalism, cigarettes, breakfast cereal Opportunity – class mobility, gender equity, employment, education American Dream – success available to all, best rises to the top (meritocracy), Personal Responsibility – individuals look out for themselves – government will not intervene John Locke and the Social Contract Theory Before the American and French revolutions, virtually everyone lived under a monarchy.
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believed that monarchies were illegitimate. What is legitimacy? Monarchies did not have the right to govern people since the people did not give their consent to be governed. Social Contract Theory is a way to argue for democratic government, specifically government by the people. What is the state of nature? State of perfect freedom
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