Class 6 - Summary to Date Problem of government: How do we...

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Summary to Date Problem of government: How do we escape the human predicament and design a Good Society? Human nature: self-interest and public virtue. Colonial settlement. English legacy.
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The Moral Basis of the Founding
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Rule of Law and Virtue (Legality vs. Morality) Sometimes rule of law cuts against true justice Honor even bad law, until duly changed We believe that . . . to the laws all men show respect and deference, as without them peace and harmony would be supplanted by anarchy and terror.‖ DC 134:6 Good laws sometimes protect bad people and bad things Colorado Springs police officers But rule of law won’t function without virtue (Logan, Utah example)
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kleptocracy PRONUNCIATION: (klep-TOK-ruh-see) MEANING: noun: A government by the corrupt in which rulers use their official positions for personal gain. ETYMOLOGY: From Greek klepto-, from kleptes (thief) + -cracy (rule). Earliest documented use: 1819. USAGE: "Mubarak was the leader of a brutal dictatorship and kleptocracy. He enriched himself and his family and friends at the expense of the people." From A Trial Tyrants Will Heed ; Winnipeg Free Press (Canada); Aug 4, 2011.
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Where Does Rule of Law Hang Out? Can’t legislate it . . . written on heart Are some cultures more susceptible? Is the Rule of law still revered?
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Rule of Law evolved in English legal system & common law distinguish when govt. action supports freedom & when it doesn’t not laws themselves, but mega-legal principles unconstitutional v. unconscionable compare to rule of will . . . accident
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Next Big Question: Why Did the Colonies Revolt? 1770: Colonies had it pretty good. Ripe conditions for freedom. Lots of land Individuals were valuable. English legacy. Britain was not very oppressive. Fairly high standard of living.
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One Key Reason for Revolt: Economic Conflict The colonies wanted economic freedom, while the English Crown wanted an economy regulated for its interests. 1770, Colonies had very bright economic prospects: Better at producing food than the British; soon would be better at producing manufactured goods; Western frontier full of promise. The Crown, though, did not see the colonies as a place for ordinary Englishmen to get rich: the colonies’ purpose was to enrich the Crown. This conflict between economic regulation and economic freedom occurs in all societies.
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Economic Basis of the Founding
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Every society needs an economic system to guide the flows of goods and services and to resolve conflicting interests. Two basic alternatives Command: Government actively manages the economy. Tends toward tyranny.
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