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POLS 1000 Lecture Notes - Ibm Officevision, System On A Chip, Value Pluralism


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLS 1000
Professor
Martin Breaugh

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Socialism will argue that because freedom and equality and equality are inscribed in nature
o it must be the instrument and end of nature.
Liberty and equality must both be real, they must have a concrete existence in everyday life.
o They must be tangible
This is a critique of liberalism, lib will argue that they both do agree but they are formal
o they are freedom and equality of departure, but not outcome.
o They are abstract principles, they don’t need to have a concrete reality
For soc. The real culprit of this inequality and unfreedom is caused by private property
This private property must be replaced, it is by nature exclusive and it excludes equality.
Some of us are better at accumulating goods, which therefore creates inequality and class struggle,
which is what soc, will argue.
Private property will lead to economic exploitation and political domination, which will mean that it
will lead to real inequality
o domination will put an end to natural liberty.
We must replace private property, with state appropriation of private property, by creating true
equality.
Cons will say that reason without experience is useless.
The crisis of ideology rests on that we invoke ideas and principles born in the 19th century in order
to understand the political problems of the 21st century
Technology alone would create new ideologies, as well as any other modern problem.
There are many things that would lead to new ideologies: decolonization, extension of rights,
globalization, supranational communities.
Our understanding on our political life, is based on things we created two centuries.
o This will argue that we understand less and less about the political changes that govern our
lives.
o They probably don’t work
The double foundation of contemporary life with science and liberty
In the world beyond politics, he tries to give an impartial view of the world, and different political
problems
Manant begins with poetry, quoting Paul Claudel.
The double foundation of contemporary life which is science and liberty.
o He asks a simple question - What is it that holds authority for us.
o By us he’s referring the citizens of western democracies
Authority auctor: author augere: increase/augment
Within the modern usage of the word authority, is the idea that it is something important,
foundational but there is also the idea, that it must be reinforced something that holds authority.
E.g. parents
This parental authority, needs to be augmented and reinforced by society
Authority: authority refers to something that is foundational and something that needs to be
increased or augmented.
Science is the authority in the theoretical domain, whereas liberty is the authority in the practical
domain.
Manent will argue that contemporary society are organized for science and liberty, very strong
statement.
o Both have an active principle.
An active principle that guides/governs, the action of science or liberty.
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