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McMaster University
Political Science
Nibaldo Galleguillos

Lecture at: 01/07/2014 C LASS N OTES FOR : 3Y03 P OLI S CI McMaster University, Fall 2013 T UESDAY , ANUARY 7, Y Democracy is concerned with equality – Social “equality” Human rights – Individual Freedoms: Individualism - Individuality - Creation of the notion of the “individual” - To attach specific rights Democracy and Human rights as contradiction - How can we reconcile these two terms? - How can democracy be complemented with human rights and vice versa - Reality versus perception o We live in a world in which perception has become reality o How do we deal with the perception that “democracy” can be exported to other people who do not have these; - Human rights and democracy are politicized; o Instrumentalization of human rights and democracy o Not to promote or abhor; but to obtain some other objectives o Democracy and human rights from Western perspectives has been used today to wage war against non-western societies, or non-western people o Western Origins;  Brought in by Western “experiences”  Democracy goes a long way back to the Greeks who invented the notion and concept of democracy and the experience of democracy  The Greeks did not leave behind manual on practicing democracy - Human rights: recent invention o Reference of human rights as being “God given” o We had to struggle to gain civil, liberal, economic etc. social rights o Hard to make sense of what Thomas Jefferson had in mind when he wrote about 1776 declaration of independence in the United States  “We hold this truth to be self
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