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Or on religion; people who have lost trust in religion because Priests have raped their child. 3. In addition to the examples of institutional malfeasance in the daily news, Heclo says there are “deeper cultural currents” (p. 14) or the “larger picture” (p. 24) responsible for the widespread negative view of institutions. What are the examples of this latter problem that he discusses? How have they contributed to the negative view? The larger picture is that institutional failure is the result of PEOPLE continually failing to live up to legitimate expectations attached to their positions of responsibility. Institutions are a mental abstraction, when institutions fail, it is living breathing human beings and not mental abstractions that fail. We go to institutions because theyre supposed to rise above human nature; because they wont lie, cheat, and steal. When institutions express selfishness, lust, etc, that’s not natural but debauched. Examples: 1994-Webster Hubbel Scandal: Associate US attorney general, former chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, and close Clinton friend plead guilty to federal mail fraud and tax evasion. Supposed to uphold the law, respect it; instead they break the law and disrespect it. No idea of “withness”; think they are better than the rest and try to evade taxes=selfish! Doesn’t mean everyone in the government is a failure. For years the Red Cross was charged with exploiting disasters to obtain donations that were then reallocated to other operations.The resignation of the Red Cross’s head, Dr. Bernadine Healy soon followed. Why? Because he was responsible in overlooking and he didn’t do his job within, he didn’t respect what people chose to donate to; etc. No respect to the Red Cross institution. 4. Explain G. B. Shaw’s “Golden Rule.” Is it accepted widely in your view? Explain Heclo’s criticisms of it. There is no golden rule. Do what you want. This risked into turning the corner into nihilism so students were taught the semi golden rule which was “short of harming others, “ every person should be free to seek out his or her own golden rule without being judged. Glich is if you cant tell people how to live, how can to tell them how to live by that idea? So school invoked a vision of larger democratic faith in which democracy is ongoing experimental inquiry into ways of solving public problems;
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continuous process of self realization. I think the semi golden rule is widely accepted but not completely. There are people who get attacked for being gay, etc. Many believe that institutions restrict our liberty; at their worse, oppress. BUT his criticism is this: .This restriction is only a half truth. Institutions can also be a place to get enriched flourishing lives. “enchaining” Rosseu saw was actually human nurturing. The ENABLING constraints further develop humanity.
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  • Fall '10
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  • Law, Thought, Institution, Hugh Heclo

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