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Democracy has disadvantages
Democracy- principal is that majority rules, but there are problems with it
Problems with democracy
1. Majority is the average and you do not want to be ruled by the average.
2. By the majority rulin
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Good About Democracy
1.In modern representative liberal democracy it limits the fatal flaws of
democracy. It mixes aristocracy with majority. Because democracy is liberal
and representative democracy the main problem is not such
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Democracy thinks they can not oppress because they rule themselves
Incorrect argument, It is the rule of the majority. Not everyone wins what they
Democracy is the most oppressive because the majority rule
Great advantage of democracy we are the rule of the people, but it is the rule of the
majority. The majority can by tyrannical and oppressive. In some aspects it is more
tyrannical because it has supreme political power, and it is the gr
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Contradiction between liber and democratic
Democracy pushes us to conform- Tierney of majority
Liberalism limits government and pushes us to individualism and self-reliance
There is a built in struggle between forces of conformi
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Democracy- pushes country towards conformism
Liberalism- pushes country towards individualism
Moral relativism- the view that there is no objective or truth standing behind
human value judgments. These are relative to our specifi
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Moral relativism- there is no objective truth to morals and how we should live. It is all
relative and subjective.
Is it true? - Look at most common argument in favor of moral relativism
True or false? Is moral relativism usefu
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Is moral relativism true? No
Is moral relativism useful? Harmful for individuals and society. Lower and higher
elements of our nature are damaged.
Why is moral relativism popular? It has spread because want it to be true and we l
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Religion in our form of gov. and way of life
Is America a religious country?
Yes compared to other liberal democracies. We are more religious than the others
Why is religion so strong the U.S
Things that make religion strong a
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Religion good in Liberal Democracy?
No- argument is harmful
1. Religion can lead to fanaticism and it can lead to persecution and
2. Historically, in the west religion has been allied with anti-democratic
Liberal democracy as a way of life
Most fundamental question: how should I live
ONLY ANIMAL THAT DOESNT KNOW AT BIRTH HOW TO LIVE
Decisions could end in dead ends or false promises
What slice of life does govt regulate?
o Total politics:
o Limited go
Materialistic tends to drag down higher alternatives of life
Liberal democracy pushes us towards moral relativism
Want religion to be easy
o Materialism makes us do this
o Feel entitled to righteousness without the effort of religion
What are we besides
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Problem- democracy is the rule of the majority- majority is average- average is mediocre.
Most people voting have a 10th grade education only 20% has college degree.
Criticism of democracy mediocrity, numbers
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America is a liberal Democracy for the most part. Therefore, in America you would see a
country where the government keeps the peace. And you would expect America to be
very diverse. But this is false; we do not see much diversi
Left wing and right wing critique of materialism
Leads to injustice
Destruction of community
Right It is bad for the individual- unsatisfying
Culture tends to corrupt any higher alternative life.
3 ways of alternative life- things
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Materialism- a concern for money and the things that money can buy. The embrace of
material goods as the good life goods.
It is the American Dream that you can come to America and make more and more money
WHY do we do this? What
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What we mean by materialism?
Is it good or bad?
Materialism It is unclear what materialism is
Everyone needs material goods in order to live
People who say happiness is money, and think that it is a good life good.
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Family is a natural institution.
We are rational and do not have instincts. The family is important because it is a
major part of learning.
The human infant is more helpless then any other animal
The character form and meaning
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Love and the family
Character of family of liberal democracy- it turns into family centered future oriented
Family is good and bad
Family is particularly important in liberal democracy because:
It is the only thing to mo
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Example of a non-liberal regime (total politics)
Philosophers were in favor of total politics that supported moral excellence
All in favor of a small city-state that has their primary task as perfection
Trying to answe
We have a hard time knowing what total politics is because we live in it
Total politics is the most natural to humans- present everywhere
WHY?- arguments for why total politics is natural for us, and universal
We are ignorant and
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Spartan citizen does not work and do not play. They live a life of leisure.
Work Vs. Play work is necessary and we choose to play
Work, - serous activity
Play- none serious activity done for its own sake.
Leisure- serious activit
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How did Lycurgus produce the way of life?
Question could be: three reasons Lycurgus wanted to minimize materialism?
1. Love, sex and family pulls you away from community and war
2. Money and Mater
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Limited politics in America
Why is it that human beings broke away from total politics?
There was a fundamental change in the course of western history. In the
renaissance that lead to the creation of the modern world agreement.
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Applying Limited Government to America
No clear statement in US documents that it is a limited government. We know it is
a liberal government by looking at 3 famous passages. Key things in US
documents that tell us it is a limit
non-liberal governments not defined,
naturally turn to community to seek guidance on how to live
communities tend to have more wisdom than one individual
o some are corrupt, but still an advantage
empowers with certainty and confidence and unity