Lecture 3 Jan 25

Lecture 3 Jan 25 - Inequality and American Democracy...

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Inequality and American Democracy Lecture 3 January 25, 2007 Inequality in American Political Though and in American Society Today 1) What is Democracy? a) Demos meaning people b) Kratos meaning authority c) “Rule by the People” d) Why must anyone rule? i) The reality of private violence and power e) at minimum, freedom requires state protection against infringement of one’s rights by others: “Night Watchman State” f) the ideal of direct democracy i) direct participation by citizens in decisions that govern their collective lives. “the problem with socialism is that it takes up too many evenings.” –Oscar Wilde g) representation is second-best 2) What representative democracy means in practice a) Elected representatives b) Free, fair, and frequent elections c) Freedom of expression d) Alternative sources of information e) Associational autonomy f) Inclusion of all members of the polity 3) The Three R’s—Democracy aspires toward equal consideration of citizens’ interests
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PLSC 203 taught by Professor Jacobhacker during the Spring '07 term at Yale.

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