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University of British Columbia
Political Science
POLI 100
Christopher Erickson

CHAPTER 3 LECTURE NOTES Aristotle 384322 BCE the Father of Political ScienceSystematic survey of known constitutions both theoretical and actualCategorical arrangement of dataMan by nature is a political animalAristotle Politics 350 BC 3 Levels of SocietyHouseholdfood shelter sleep sex controlled by womenVillage or civil societycommercial distribution of physical necessities the market controlled by menPolis or political communitysecurity public facilities public ritual and morality controlled by men Aristotles forms of governmentGood Form Corrupt Form Rule by One Monarchy TyrannyRule by Few AristocracyOligarchy Rule by Many Polity DemocracyDemocracyPolitical swear word until recentlyNow everybody calls themselves a democracySo what is it DISTRUST OF DEMOCRACYPlatoHobbesAmerican Founding Fathers o James Madison o Established a set of checks and balances to control the democratic elements of the new state Democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been triedWinston Churchill
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