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POL 106 Study Guide - Comprehensive Midterm Guide: Bicameralism, Gouverneur Morris, Supremacy Clause


Department
Politics and Government
Course Code
POL 106
Professor
Lane Crothers
Study Guide
Midterm

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ISU
POL 106
MIDTERM EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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I. The Politics Game
A. Politics are everywhere
1. Some shared human characteristics
a) Human beings are social
b) Human beings are contentious
c) Human beings want things--they have “interests”
2. Combine to make politics inevitable. Question: What do you want to do
about it?
3. How do we resolve contentious disputes of consequence?
4. What does the record show?
a) War (political violence in general)
(1) If I kill you, you stop disagreeing with me
(2) If I kill enough of your friends and family, you’ll stop
disagreeing with me
(3) It works
(4) But not really an ideal “every day” means to deal with
conflict
b) Create “homogenous” cultures (everybody shares the same
values and ideals)
(1) Cults
(2) Religions
(3) Education systems
c) Arguing, hypocrisy, rationalization, debating, negotiating,
compromise
d) Politics
(1) The process by which human beings make decision about
what to do in society
5. Why does everyone hate politics?
a) People don’t like/aren’t comfortable with conflict
(1) We want to believe there are “right” answers; that if we just
“do the right thing” everything will be good
(2) We don’t like to see people bicker, yell and debate
(3) In politics people do both
b) People don’t like/are uncomfortable with the prospect that they’re
wrong or might lose
(1) Politics are competitive
(2) People try hard/do lots of things to win
(3) Putting your ideas and values on the line is hard
(a) Can lose/get rejected/be mocked
c) Politics is often ugly, noisy, complex
(1) People never want to see laws being made
d) Democratic citizenship requires participation, knowledge and
attention, even if you don’t want to do it
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