9-10 - POLSCI 319 LECTURE ROGER SMITH 9/10/09 Tocqueville...

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POLSCI 319 LECTURE ROGER SMITH 9/10/09 Tocqueville Thesis: *America had free and equal institutions from the beginning (core feature of U.S. politics) Tradition: worldview that defines basic social, political, and economic institutions; persons eligible to participate in these institutions, the roles to which they’re assigned, and the practices embodying and reproducing that worldview Liberal: individual rights (paradigmatic right: right to property); rule of law serves to protect individual rights o Locke (Social Contract Theory) Democrat: majority rule, government with consent; not necessarily attached to constitutionalism (limited government) o Ex: majorities can’t take away property rights Republican: civic virtue, public spiritedness, single interest; equal membership, common good, “the people” o Led to revolution because people bonded together and rebelled, according to Bailyn, Wood, and Pacock
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This note was uploaded on 01/15/2012 for the course PHIL 359 taught by Professor Anderson during the Fall '09 term at University of Michigan.

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