American exceptionalism

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What are the Lockean values?
Liberty; individualism; populism; egalitarian; achievement.
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Who was Locke?
A 17th century philosopher.
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What is the rationalist approach to decision making?
What should be rather than what works - if what should work doesn't - something wrong with society.
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What are the critiques of Lockean values?
Never relevant to the constitution & No longer relevant to US society.
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What is American exceptionalism?
The theory that the US is qualitatively different from other countries.
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What do radical critics believe about the US?
That the US is a country where a dominant ideology is imposed by powerful elites.
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Give an example of when freedom of expression has been low
Red Scare.
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What is meant by equality in the US?
Equality of opportunity rather than equality of condition.
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How many people were murdered in the US in 2010?
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How many immigrants arrived in the USA in the 1990s?
9.8 million.
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What % of the population was Hispanic in 2010?
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What % of the population was black in 2010?
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By 2012, what had the US economy grown to?
$15 trillion
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What was the median annual family income in 2012?
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In 2010, what % of the labour force was employed in agriculture?
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In 2010, what was the % of service sector jobs?
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What does Machan describe Lockean's basic rights as?
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What does Nozick argue these basic rights identify?
'Borders' around people, the area of their free actions, ones others have the enforceable obligation not to trespass on.
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Basic rights are natural which means what?
That they should not be granted or created by people, including Governments.
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What is the utilitarian case to the free society?
Freedom promotes overall satisfaction or happiness or pleasure.
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What does the Declaration of Independence imply?
That the basic individual human rights come before the government instituted to secure them for us.
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In 1994, what % agreed that 'In America, if you work hard, you can be anything you want to be.'
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How did Jack London see the US?
As a savagely competitive society in which only the fittest survived.
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What is self-reliance tied to?
Laissez-faire and free market economics.
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In 1985, what % of Americans said that it was the responsibility of the government to provide health care?
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Give an example of socialism in the US
At its peak in 1912, Eugene V. Debs, a socialist and trade unionist, made the 3rd of his 4 bids for the presidency. However, only gained 6% of the vote.
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At the time of the Declaration of Independence, how many blacks were held as slaves?
About half a million, constituting 20% of the population.
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What happened during ww2 to Americans of a Japanese Descent?
They were regarded as potentially disloyal and held in detention camps across California.
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Regarding religion in America, what did Lipset describe?
'Utopian absolutism'
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How does Lipset describe American's view on life?
Americans tend to view social and political dramas as morality plays, as battles between God and the Devil, so that compromise is virtually unthinkable.
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What does Hochschild argue about the relationship between Poor Black Americans & the basic values?
That although there are pressures and tensions, they subscribe to mainstream American values to a greater extent that the black middle class.
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