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

Description
Civic life is where the elite and the people meet. A good one is balanced between ruler  and citizens. Rulers must keep the people poor as to not make them arrogant or greedy. However, they  mustn’t be too poor or and uprising is possible. Citizens must be very patriotic, and ready to defend their nation as well as to bear arms.  They must also fear the ruler (but not hated), in order to have a lot of power. Indeed,  people always seek to escape physical harm. That’s why fear of reprisal is always a huge  source of power.  The population must be entrusted with liberty. A ruler must use the tension between the  populous (want to be left alone) and the elite (want to rule). Potluck argument: the virtues  of each citizen ads up, and the result is necessarily greater then that of even the best ruler. Citizens must be allowed to make public accusation against powerful officials. Not only  do
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