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o 58% of the population think that they are more able to make decisions. o 20% think they are less able. Equal Rulers? - How can the few differ from the Majority once equality is accepted? - Truth becomes King Number - I do not know any country where, in general, less independence of mind and genuine freedom of discussion reign than in America.” From the Individual to the Herd - Majority Tyranny fairly typical. - New word “individualism” - Underlying modern politics, one should rely on the efforts of ones own reason, not the wisdom of others, tradition, authority, etc. - Conviction is that one lives ones life only paying serious attention to self and family. Burden of Freedom - Constant choice is impossible. - More choices and fewer guidelines.
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Unformatted text preview: -No help, full responsibility. -Too heavy a burden. February 14, 2011 Discussion The majority posses a type of power that aims not at your physical being but rather your intellectual. -Use Guantanamo as an example. February 15, 2011 Midterm Will be handed out on March 3 rd and Due March 10 th ! Toqcueville and Thoreau -Challenge notions that are deeply embedded in our lives. o Equality, majority rule, individualism o Hard work and progress. We like to think that there is a truth. What do we default to? -Generalizations take the specific to stand for the whole. -Public opinion (what everyone thinks must be so) -And in the mass of numbers individualism leads to the loss of individuality. -You lose yourself. A New Despotism...
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course POLI SCI 201 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at UMass (Amherst).

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