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How Public opinion came from freemasonry
Freemasonry in Mexico and the United states
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Date Created: 04/20/16
Republicanism, Civil Society, Public Opinion • Republicanism ◦ Constitution= Law equal for everybody ▪ opposed to King ruling with privilege based government rather  than rights ◦ Elections = Representative government ▪ At first only existed in Britain ◦ Majority Rule = General will ▪ provides popular sovereignty ▪ freemasonry only institution practicing this ◦ National Governance ◦ Schools of government ▪ members learned of government within the lodges  and attempted to apply this outside ◦ Spreading of British republican tradition • Civil Society ◦ Private to public­ Public opinion­ specific option public had about a  specific person, kings dealings and authority was now made public  and peoples personal lives were now private ◦ Public sphere: Rational­ critical debate about public issues conducted  by private persons willing to let arguments and not statuses determine  decisions ▪ Norms of reasoned discourse: arguments, not religion or  traditions ▪ Base judgment on reasons ◦ Early Bourgeois public spheres were compose of narrow segments of  the European population, mainly educated, proprietary ▪ Freemasonry reflected this public sphere of the elites ◦ Masonic lodges part of that public sphere  ◦ Exclusive, aristocratic. Enlightened leadership. ◦ Mirror old order/ Democratic seed. ▪ mirroring the change but also providing a democratic view such as ideas ◦ Public opinion ▪ public, people, masses ▪ the public was not the common people (masses) but the  educated and learned intellectuals ▪ One opinion, the same, consensus through reason ▪ ideas coming from enlightenment that everyone should  come to the same reason because everyone analyzes this  logically and no way that we wouldn’t arrive to the same  conclusion, if public comes to this truth then it will give  political legitimacy ▪ Public debate ◦ Civil society ▪ Society vs State (liberal perspective) ▪ Voluntary participation ▪ Individuals/Institutions


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