The truth of modern liberty for manent is contained

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-the truth of modern liberty for Manent is contained in the idea that man is the sovereign author in fact and in light of the human world-sovereign:1. to exercise supreme authority (ex. King)2. Nation (political community) self-governing and also control our territory (borders)-control over territory is a concrete manifestation of sovereignty-man is a sovereign author: man and only man is responsible for the world (not the God, not ancestors, not nature)--the active principle of liberty: human beings are sovereign in the world; within limits of science, humans can decide their conditions of existence-the authority of liberty in the practical realm helps explain the emphasis we put on democracy, the importance of democracy in contemporary life-democracy is the political regime of freedom and autonomy-autonomy: auto + nomos-self + law-the ability to give ourselves laws-democracy understood as the regime of autonomy allows people to decide how they wish to live and govern themselves-democracy represents the ultimate expression of human liberty-what democracy says is that we will not recognize the laws of tradition and God, we will obey are the laws that we create-democracy argues we are the sovereign authors of the world-democracy enacts human sovereignty-liberty holds authority in the practical domain-active principle: humans are the sovereign authors of the world-liberty is foundational and also needs to be increased/augmented-democracy represents the practical application of the authority of liberty-deepening of democracy is what allows for liberty to increase-with science and liberty appear in the world, when they appear side by side Manent argues that a strange phenomenon arises-both enter into conflict and opposition-our two most widely held authorities are engaged in a battle of authorities-battle which tries to establish the primacy of one of the other-will science or liberty be stronger?-sometimes science seems stronger-genetic manipulation-modifying genetic code to eliminate disorders of human species -democracy is unable to stop science-cannot prohibit the advancement of science-government stopped funding for stem cell research-UofT hired the best USA researchers and the research is now done here-a law of Bush couldn’t stop stem cell research-other times liberty seems stronger than science-any attempt to base pol power on science is discredited-no pol party should say I should rule because I understand how things should be through science (I have science of government)-democratic party wouldn’t argue that it holds a science of how we should live-in early 20th century had 2 attempts at founding pol power through scientific understanding of society-Soviet Union: scientific understanding of the laws of history that will justify the hold on power-Nazi Party: scientific understanding of inequality of races that will justify the hold on power-in both cases, this scientific hold on power led to mass murder

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