American Heritage. Lecture 2. Wednesday, January 8 th. Add/drop deadline January 13 th Please fill out information forms Professor Kirkham will be absent a week from today. Professor Kimball will be guest lecturing in his place. Summary – Day 1.
-- John Maynard Keynes
General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
Can these all be seen as rolls of government?
A GOOD SOCIETY be measured?
A condition of ordered freedom
with plentiful goods for body and soulHuman Aspiration
Rare and Rational
A conscious, deliberate act of creating a system of government that benefits the people.
“Rulership…entrusted to a minority of persons who are specially qualified to govern by reason of their superior knowledge and virtue”
- Robert Dahl
Freedom in Athens: be measured? “Having a stake in the political process required the individual to be in charge of his own life. Only free and autonomous men could participate in the free and autonomous society.” (What the Fox said pp. 5-6)
Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites.… Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters. Edmund Burke, Letter to a Member of the National Assembly (1791)