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Lecture 6

POL 1101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Francis Fukuyama


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POL 1101
Professor
Andre Lecours
Lecture
6

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Group discussion - Questions
TO READ:
Francis Fukuyama, Dealing with Inequality, Journal of Democracy 22, no. 3 (2011):
79-89.
And the following articles who provide contrasting view on the issue of higher
taxation:
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/09/20/armine-yalnizyan-income-
inequality-is-a-problem-for-everyone/
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/09/19/tasha-kheiriddin-obamas-
misguided-tax-grab/
For a very short article on increasing inequalities, see:
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2011/09/picture.htm
QUESTIONS:
1- What is the thesis of Fukuyama's article? Why is inequality problematic?
Liberal democracies are based broadly on the twin principles of liberty and equality.
2- When does economic inequality become a problem for political equality?
3- Should it be one of the objectives of a democratic state to actively reduce
inequalities?
4- Even if your answer to question 3 is yes, should the state intervene in the
marketplace to reduce inequalities, for example, by limiting the financial
compensation of CEOs? Yes
5- What are the potential limits/drawbacks of greater state involvement to reduce
inequalities?
6- Is higher taxation of wealthy individuals and corporations the solution to the
problem of inequality? A solution not The solution.
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