Pols241 sept 19 Week 2 lecture 3
o The leader knows what the common good is even if the rest of the people don’t.
o Anyone brining in private interests that are different from the common good are
considered corrupt and traitors.
o No one can disagree with the common good , you would also be considered corrupt if
This makes it easy to jail politicians and anybody who speaks out against the
o Mirror image of organic statism
o Exists in consolidated democracies (ie. Canada, United States ect)
o These countries have a history of religious conflict
Through these religious conflicts countries learned that sometimes the state
does not have identical interests to yours therefore people tend to be distrustful
of the state.
United States is built on religion
o There is a bourgeoisie revolution which leads to the emergence of a merchant class
The merchant class encounters a king that regulates too much, taxes too much
Thus bourgeoisie developed distrust and a hatred of the state
Results in a clash between the monarchy and the merchant class
(why the bourgeoisie emerge)
o Countries could also inherit liberal pluralist values
This leads to a more positive view of the state because the country did not go
through their own revolutions (ie. Canada)
o There is a private sphere (citizens have private lives)
In organic statism the private sphere is controlled if not completely absent, the
state has the right to essentially control/spy on you.
o In public sphere state guarantees the right to equal treatment when you participate
o How these states operate
Bottom up system
Individuals are assumed to have their own values and preferences; the
state doesn’t ask questions about your beliefs.
Therefore you are free to voluntarily organize and promote your own