POL101Y1 Lecture Notes - Francis Fukuyama, Beijing Consensus

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On the nature of politics: aristotle - political animal, politics is unavoidable. Themes: democracy, dictatorship, war and peace, regimes, government, social science: make sense of the world, simplify, matter > not matter. Democracy and war: is the world becoming more peaceful, francis fukuyama, summer 1989, berlin wall- significant, hegel: professor of philosophy, not just armies, but ideas and values. History of human consciousness: history of philosophy, ideas can get displaced, can clash, ideas stolen by leaders, war = clash of ideas. Ideas and the organization of human society: ideas are those that organize human society, ancient: plato, aristotle, medieval: st. thomas aquinas, modern: liberal democratic state. Huntington: 1973- 40 democracies to 114, 1974 - 2010, 53 democracies broke down, alternative conceptualization of new world order. New fault lines: people are divided by their reliance to civilization, objective: religion, language, subjective: who am i, world divided into civilizations, not countries.

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