The Limits of Politics
This is my fifth book and hopefully not my last. Each of my previous four has been the result of some issue that I could not ignore regardless of how hard I tried. This one is no different. Like the previous four this one is also an incomplete explanation of my political philosophy but in building on the others it helps bring into focus an argument that I hope will be complete before I am no...
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Human nature encompasses both the rational and the emotional. Modern political science has segregated these two concepts while promoting the supremacy of rationalism. This manner of study reduces the multidimensionality of humans which further reduces how we view and address problems through political means. To...
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Humanity’s belief in its own ability to right wrongs permeates nearly every area of our lives. This might be most pronounced in the political arena, where actions are taken often without ample consideration given to unanticipated consequences. Our refusal to admit that we are flawed as well as limited in our capacity to effect positive change only worsens the condition. What would help is an...
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This chapter explores democracy’s impact on the individual, more specifically, on the character of the individual in order to show the limits of politics within this realm. Democracy increases material abundance and secures individual and group rights. The preference for democracy by policy makers and theorists has reached a near consensus. The defense of democracy, however, remains...
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The aim of this chapter is to give, in James Boyd White’s words, “the kind of attention that will resist the impulse we have to reduce language to slogan and cliché” (2006, 9) within the context of the speech-right discussion. With each right come constituent responsibilities. With freedom of speech the responsibilities include honesty, diligence, and deep thinking. Merely...
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The challenge of this chapter is to open readers up to the possibility that what they see is not always all there is and that because one cannot imagine a different system does not mean there is not a better system. Literature gives one the “ability to imagine nonexistent possibilities, to see one thing as another and one thing in another, to endow a perceived form with a...
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This chapter deals explicitly with the limits of politics; a topic dealt with tangentially throughout the entirety of this text. Rather than establishing unrealistically lofty expectations for politics this chapter sets up an argument that embraces realistic theories of politics that have served as a basis for governments prior to modernity’s run of dominance. By integrating...
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Due to the size and scope of the political landscape people can lack a sense of connectedness and empathy borne from familiarity. As domestic and global citizens we need to develop a moral imagination that allows us to view our fellow citizens as fully human. “Very often in today’s political life we lack the capacity to see one another as fully human, as more than ‘dreams or...
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Kyle Scott, PhD, has taught political science at Miami University, University of North Florida, Duke University, and now University of Houston. Dr. Scott also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Lone Star College System and is an affiliated faculty member with the Baylor College of Medicine. This is his fifth book and third with Lexington Books.
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