PSCI 1040. Week One. Lecture Notes.
PSCI 1040. Week One. Lecture Notes. PSCI 1040
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Week One. Lecture Notes. The Citizens and the Government are Always in a Balancing Act o We expect a lot from the government but don’t want to pay for it We want the government to keep us safe while protecting liberty (think about the argument that while the TSA keeps us safe, they take away our liberty) As a nation we look out for the weakest. (We give welfare to those in need, we sent relief to Hurricane Katrina victims, foreign aid, etc.) However, we still want to keep taxes low We want to sustain a healthy environment while still promoting business growth Environmental regulations typically cost more to a business and may hinder their growth, but they do protect our environment We want to keep government small while still being able to handle crises quickly and effectively We (majority) don’t trust the government o Trust is a prerequisite to engaged democracy o America needs (but doesn’t typically have) a citizenry that: Is informed and active Keeps leaders aware of their preferences and Holds elected officials accountable at elections o Contrary to popular opinion, it is NOT “the government vs. us,” because IT IS OUR GOVERNMENT. The government and media target more likely voters o Ex: Most Americans are in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana use, however the portion of the population that oppose this idea are much more likely to vote, therefore politicians protect their interest rather than the majority’s. Trust with a good dose of skepticism is key Political Knowledge- o People don’t believe they can affect government if they don’t know much about it o Citizenship (according to the Greeks) is “enlightened political engagement” o Citizens must be aware of the facts and what can be done about a situation o Citizens have to understand how the system works if they have any hope of shaping outcomes There is the power of the dollar and the power of the pen There is a continuous struggle for government influence between the “haves” and the “have nots” Political fact-checking sites: politifact and politico.com
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