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University of Toronto Scarborough
Political Science
Ryan Hurl

Try to make an argument, taking on a perspective and taking on a question. Quick intro with thesis have it be a directional statement 1 2 3 main points and a conclusion Questions: 1) Imagine that you have been asked to write a book (anonmusiosly) in England in 1640, while Charles I is still king, trying to persuade the people trying to oppose the monarchy and overthrow the king. What will you say? What exactly is wrong with having a kin who looks over his people as a father looks over his children. Make sure that your essay is crafted to appeal to a 17 century audience, which means that most people have been taught to believe the divine right of kings. Your argument should point out the main flaws in these arguments as you make the case for rebellion. (Lec 2 notes will be helpful, (jan 18 reading week about university of oxford reading), elements in the Baxter and Williams, parts of hooker and Baxter about consent and legitimacy, misery and remedy, agreement of the people and Putney) deal with it in detail and criticize, grappling with divine right of king, we know from levelers that legitimacy is impossible so the king should go. 2) If the purpose of government is to make the best life possible for its citizens why should a gov’t tolerate beliefs (religious or morale) that it considers to be inimical (unfavourbale) to be living a good life? Isn’t freedom of conscious just another way of allowing evil to flourish? Consider in particular the arguments that Baxter and Williams make on either side of this disagreement/ who makes the more cogent argument? -Baxter and Williams readings, hookers readings may help, the homiley would support Baxter. 3) The diggers (winstabley), levelers (rainsborough) and Grandees (ireton) all agree on this: property is important to how society operates. They agree on little else. What exactly is the relationship between government and property? Should everyone have a say in ruling, or should only those with a fixed permanent interest get a vote? Perhaps more importantly, is property a natural right or something that is merely a product of a particular civil constitution? Should it be help in common by all the citizens, or is
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