PS_12_Winter_2011_Slides_for_Lectures_27-28v2

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Unformatted text preview: PS 12 Factoid No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.- Winston Churchill, Speech in the House of Commons, Nov. 11, 1947 Question: By what standards would you judge how well American democracy is performing? LECTURE 27 OUTLINE I. Some easy answers: Twain & Calvin II. A harder challenge: The Filter Problem in the Constitution III. A really hard challenge: Rawls s Veil of Ignorance IV. Eight Proposals for Change Mark Twain s Line of Reasoning It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.- Mark Twain, Following the Equator , 1897 Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself...
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2012 for the course POL S 12 taught by Professor Bimber during the Winter '11 term at UCSB.

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