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Unformatted text preview: 1/14 Monday What is Politics? I. The rules of the game II. Politics III. Private Influence over Public Policy IV. The Political System Concepts: -Politics-The Keating Five Notes Begin: I. The Rules of the game-Bump and Run Football Example-Rules benefit some people and disenfranchise others-Ex. Offense vs. defense-Can change rules to make more fair-apply to everyone equally-Games, structured interactions are designed so that some people are advantaged and others not by the rules-Rules can be changed-Rules need to be fair-Even if it gives some chance to win over others-Basketball-Who is advantaged Tall People-The rules of b-ball are fair, but not everyone is the same height therefore the game discriminates -Marriage -Who is advantaged heterosexuals, Patient people, people that will meet half-way-School-Who is advantaged Good test-takers, people who can afford, smart people We can look at politics the same way We can change the rules But some people/groups are still advantaged over others **Polling Voting-Require drivers license-Republicans are changing laws to make it harder for Democrats to vote II. Politics *definition = its the public resolution for management of conflict within a basic consensus *consensus = group of people agreeing on some fundamentals -domestic, international politics-we focus on national politics-Political situations 1.) Martians invading Earth NOT POLITICS Interstellar war, Why? No community between us and Mars 2.) People disagreeing POLITICS Ex. Supreme Court on abortion Why? People conflict on ideas 3.) Marrying George over Herbert NOT POLITICS Why? This is a private conflict NOT a public conflict 4.) A personal religious conviction NOT POLITICS Why? It is personal, so therefore unpoliticized private NOT public We dont hang people anymore III. Private influence over public policy-We dont want private wealthy people contaminating public policy Charles Keating (in 1980s)-Head of Lincoln Saving and Loan in AZ, US-He made some bad loans and needed desperate help-Federal Home Loan Bank Board takes over so people will not default-if bank gets shaky Federals will come in and give me my money-Fed took over HOLSAL (Lincoln Savings and Loan) HOLSAL was in debt by over a billion US-Charles had given millions to 5 senators One being John McCain-Charles told them the problem-They (the senators) put pressure on Feds and told them to ease up-Lincoln tottered on for one more year before it went bankrupt-by that time, it owed 2 billion US-it cost taxpayers an extra 1 billion US to bail out HOLSAL-b/c it appealed to private relationships on public policy ***This is an example of private influence on corrupting public policy 1/16 08 Wednesday THE LIBERAL LEGACY IN POLITICS I. On Ideologies II. Three Classical Political ideologies A. Conservatism B. Liberalism C. Som III. Modern Political Ideologies Key Concepts: Ideology Political ideology Classical conservatism/liberalism/som Modern conservatism/liberalism/som...
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