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Chapter 1 - Political Science Chapter 1 AMERICAN POLITICAL...

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Political Science Chapter 1 AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURE: SEEKING A MORE PERFECT UNION Political culture : the characteristic and deep-seated beliefs of a particular people about government and politics (in Sept. 1 notes) America’s Core Values -the cornerstone of society is the individual rather than the government Liberty : the principle that individuals should be free to act and think as they choose, provided they do not infringe unreasonably on the freedom and well-being of others -ie. First Amendment of the Constitution: prohibits laws that restrict personal freedom Individualism : a commitment to personal initiative and self-sufficiency; resting on the belief that people should be free of undue government restraints as they seek to advance themselves economically; known as “rugged individualism” Equality : the notion that all individuals are equal in their moral worth and thereby entitled to equal treatment under the law -questions debated: Does equality require that wealth and opportunity be widely shared? Or does it merely require that artificial barriers to advancement be removed?
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