Majoritarian vs. Pluralist Democracies

Session: Introduction to Democratic Theory & PhilosophyA Closer Look at Humans Big Idea: Constitutionalism Unit 1: Foundations of American Democracy The Theme for the Course In order to REALLY understand how our society works, how the realities of life work, and how situations have managed to become so problematic for many people along time and geography

What is the Lowest Common Denominator?... WE AREHUMANS This course is really about HUMANS Another Theme Being Explored This is the overarching question we are examining and investigating as we navigate this course To what extent is our American democracy in a constitutional crisis?

The context for this question is directly correlated to this Philosophy Meets Enlightenment With your partner, read the following quote and attempt an analysis: But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no

government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. -James Madison, Federalist No. 51 *Hint: Try Say, Mean, Matter Federalist No 51 Debrief Questions to Consider with your partner: 1. What does human nature have to do with having a government? 2. What does the significance of angels in this

context mean? Bringing out the floor for inferences Humans, Power, & Tyranny Our story from day one begins with this internal struggle with having power and what we do with it From the Bibles Adam &

Eve, Lucifer the Fallen Angel, Greek and Roman myths about gods to Marvels Avengers movies the story remains the same Unit 1: Essential Questions 1. How did the founders of the U.S. Constitution attempt to protect liberty while also promoting public order and safety?

2. How have theory and debate and compromise influenced the U.S. Constitutional system? 3. How does the development and interpretation of the Constitution influence polices that impact citizens and residents of the U.S.? VS

Preamble: A little philosophy before we start Take 2 mins to answer for YOURSELF (this is your view of the world) the following question Do you believe babies are born bad, therefore need to be taught good? OR Do you believe babies are born good, therefore are taught to be bad?

A View From a DistanceHow we See the world = how we See Democracy The Dead Gazelle: A Case Study Conclusions & Inferences on the Dead Gazelle Take the next 2 mins to debrief your OBSERVATIONS from the Dead Gazelle-what are the two of you thinking?

Bringing this out to the floor Now, initial conclusions/inferences How do animals in the jungle resolve this problem? The Dead Gazelle: A Case Study New Conclusions & Inferences on the Animals as Humans and Dead Gazelle Now, pretend these animals are HUMANSwhat changes? Is there anything different that could happen? Take the next 2 mins to debrief your OBSERVATIONS from

the Dead Gazelle-what are the two of you thinking? Bringing this out to the floor Now, initial conclusions/inferences How would humans in the jungle resolve this problem? A Closer Look at Humans To better understand ourselves, we have to have an honest look at ourselves What we are going to examine now is the following: You will draw a silhouette of a human You will fill out the silhouette with what you feel and think makes

us human You can focus on all aspects of human, good & bad, light & dark, etc You will share your silhouette and discuss what qualities do we as humans posses that define who we are with your partner Morganas View of Humanity Capacity to hate Selfish & greedy

Easily influenced Capacity for isolation Hungry to consume Has a story and past Can reflect Can love Rational thinker complex Capacity to create beauty Can make decisions Has memories

Vulnerable to environment Ability to empathize Narrow minded Can be a part of group/family Levels of assholery multidimensional Debrief and Next Steps Take a look at your silhouette for about 30 seconds

What do we do with this split in humanity? Do you notice anything about how your human is probably divided or broken up? Probably in two, two sides, two sides of the same cointhis has

a name The Duality or Dichotomy of humanity How do we reconcile (make peace) with this split? What are the ramifications (effects) of this on society?

The Realities Closure & Thinking Log Take the next 3-5 mins to do the following to close out our session for today: Summarize your conclusions/analysis section write down your thoughts with these questions as a guide 1. How do you see humanity now after this first conversation?

2. What are your initial conclusions on what we need to deal with the duality/dichotomy of humanity given the realities we saw today in photographs?

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