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Department
Political Science
Course
POL2108
Professor
James Brooke- Smith
Semester
Winter

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4 main reasons: ­ Convention ­ Lack of communication ­ Corruption ­ Religion/Superstition Convention: People are born into servitude, and so don’t question it. Liberty isn’t regretted if it isn’t  known. Habit has a bigger influence on humans then their nature. If you are used to  servitude, then your free nature is not longer of any importance. Freedom is like a seed: if  you don’t feed it through civic participation and habit, it will die. You must educate  yourself through books in order to learn about freedom. Lack of communication: A good tyrant will always eliminate books that could educate about freedom, and cause  an uprising. In such an oppressive society, it isn’t feasible to learn about freedom and to  now who else is willing to fight for it. Thus, citizens can’t unite in defiance to the tyrant.  Without free communication, one can only continue to serve. Corruption: Tyranny works because subjects are bribed. Through free wine, games, and the sports  channel, a tyrant can give the illusion to the ma
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