Class 2 - Running Themes Universality vs. cultural...

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Running Themes Universality vs. cultural relativism National exceptionalism National “ expectationalism The Social Contract in medias res . . . in the middle of things
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Founding Rare and Rational A conscious, deliberate act of creating a system of government that benefits the people.
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Conditions needed for a founding Opportunity: a new start, sovereign loses or relinquishes control People who know something about government Cooperation A sense of importance and responsibility Founder’s toolbox: structure, participation, law, tradition, moral sense, mythology, leadership ( City on a Hill , pp. 11-12)
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What questions do founders need to ask?
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Questions for the Ages How to resolve dilemma between tyranny and anarchy? What are human beings really like? What is the true nature of freedom . . . individual liberty v. social order? What forms of government are helpful? Destructive? When and how should humans come together as political society?
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Human Predicament REVOLUTION COMPETING GROUPS
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Libyan “revolution”
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Political Legitimacy Guardianships: Divine right
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Political Legitimacy Guardianships: Divine right Theocracy Philosopher king and guardians
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“Rulership…entrusted to a minority of persons who are specially qualified to govern by reason of their superior knowledge and virtue” - Robert Dahl
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2011 for the course AMERICAN H 100 taught by Professor Dr,holland during the Fall '08 term at BYU.

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