Lecture 9-16-09

Lecture 9-16-09 - same time so few learned,...

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September 16, 2009 Review: DeTocqueville American Exceptionalism Equality of Condition Regal v. democratic authority Origins of the Anglo Americans Democratic Social Conditions of the Anglo-Americans 1. eminenty democratic: no germs of aristocracy planted 2. no primogeniture -51: partible inheritance = revolution in property http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/04/ 01/obamas-budget-resurrects-death-tax/ 3. profound circulation of wealth (between generations) 4. increased circulation of wealth breeds a 'present orientation’ rather than a historical one, makes for a mediocre (middling) society -52 –Americans love money! 5. universal education in America/ extreme professional nature of education: because there are few truly wealthy, most take a profession: "I do not believe that there is a country in the world where, in proportion to the population, there are so few ignorant, and at the
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Unformatted text preview: same time so few learned, individuals."-53 Central observation: All American social and political systems are based on equality. If you base your system on equality, you agree that all individuals' opinions are equally as important or valid. But is that the case? deT. Argues that men are inherently unequal -54 True liberty, according to deTocqueville, shows that we are unequal. - 54 All this leads to the conflict of liberty and equality--"But liberty is not the chief and constant object of their desires; equality is their idol:. ..without equality. ..they would perish rather than lose it."-55 That is, "the weak attempt to lower the powerful to their own level" reducing men to "prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom." - 55 They will endure poverty, servitude, barbarism - but they will not endure aristocracy....
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