Introduction to American Government Structure & Function Dr. Donald M. Gooch. Introductory Lecture. Three Fundamental Concepts. Liberalism Representation Democracy. What is Liberalism?. Liberalism as classically defined differs significantly from the modern American usage
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“He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.”
“The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.”
Plato: “Man and city are alike – Humans without souls are hollow. Cities without virtue are rotten.”
Spock: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.”
Not Greek Citizens
“…there is a general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of power that ceaseth only in death” – Thomas Hobbes
“No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”
Pictured: Government Being Limited
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it...."