Module 1, Lecture 2. PAF 101. “ If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. DO GOOD ANYWAY. ”. ~??????????. Class Agenda. Announcements Mother Teresa and Doing Good Mr. Jefferson ’ s Idea Freedom, Order and Equality Module 1 Advice Skills material
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Module 1, Lecture 2 PAF101 “If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. DO GOOD ANYWAY.” ~??????????
Class Agenda • Announcements • Mother Teresa and Doing Good • Mr. Jefferson’s Idea • Freedom, Order and Equality • Module 1 Advice • Skills material • Next Class Assignment
The State of Democracy Lecture Series presents Senator Kirsten Gillibrand • “The American Opportunity Agenda” • Friday, January 17 @ 2:30pm • Eggers Hall Room 220
Mother Teresa • August 26, 1910 - September 5, 1997 • “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” — Mother Teresa
Leader of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity “I choose the poverty of our poor people. But I am grateful to receive (the Nobel) in the name of … people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone."
A Story About Mother Teresa • She asks a rich businessman for a contribution as she held out her right hand • He spit in her hand • How did she respond?
Mother Teresa –A Genuine Do-Gooder Be Self-less --No Give it your all--No Be competent—Yes
Public Policy Is About Doing Good • Declaration of Independence is the mission statement for our public policy in America and the rest of the world.
Three Values of the Declaration of Independence • Life Health and Personal Safety • Liberty Speech and Choice • Pursuit of Happiness Economic Opportunity Clean Environment
Declaration of Independence In your opening paragraph you use the phrase “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.” What are these laws? In what way are they the criteria on which you base your central arguments? In the same paragraph, you refer to the “opinions of mankind.” Whose polling data are you using? If they are as evident as you claim, then it should not be difficult for you to locate appropriate statistics. I hope this critique will assist you in preparing a declaration that may receive serious consideration for the crown.
Rhetoric Versus Analysis • BS • Good analysis consists of: Data Clear language Continuous questioning
Let’s Look At the Problem of Poverty • Analytical Approach—Minimum standards for everyone in health, education, safety, etc. • Rhetorical/BS Approach—Inequality and the gap between the rich and the poor
Who Is To Blame • The System---Capitalism generates inequality which generates poverty • The Individual---People don’t accept their responsibility for their own success • Where do you think the blame is in pollution?
Poverty • Capitalism is based on competition where merit is valued more than equality • Poverty is a necessary by-product and a major cause of societal problems • Reducing the negative effects of poverty
Why We Fall Short of the Goals of the Declaration of Independence • Foolish Freedom The pursuit of freedom as an end in itself threatens the public interest. “Give me liberty or give me death” -Patrick Henry
Examples of Foolish Freedom • Substance abusers • Talkers on car phones while driving • Radar detectors • People who refuse to work • Criminals of all kinds • Business leaders who care only about the bottom line • Politicians who can’t control their urge to win at all costs.
Foolish Freedom and Poverty • Rich people don’t want to share • Poor people do not take advantage of opportunities
Effective Public Policy Requires • Enlightened Self-Interest which means more people acting in the public interest • Solid information and analysis
Introduction to Module One • http://classes.maxwell.syr.edu/paf101/Module_1.html • Click on “Module One Exercises” under “Downloads” • If you don’t want to be a loser, try to complete Exercises 1.1 and 1.2 before next class (but don’t hand in)!
Where to Find Newspaper Articles • Post-Standard http://syracuse.com/poststandard • USA-Today http://usatoday.com • New York Times http://nytimes.com/ • Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/ • Also available in Schine and elsewhere on campus
For Next Class • Go to the Web site & print a copy of Module 1 with your name typed at the top and show it to your TA on Friday (1/17). 5 points off if not done. • Take the Pretest online and bring in the receipt to hand in to your TA. Lose 5 points if not in by Friday (1/17) • Start searching for articles published in the last 6 months. • Module 1 due Friday 1/31 • Sit in groups next class (posted by auditorium doors). http://classes.maxwell.syr.edu/paf101