Political Science | Liberty and It's Enemies
Y200 | 26432 | Furniss
In this course we will explore the trade-offs between the value of
individual liberty and the presumed requirements of a decent society
and a democratic political order. What are our responsibilities to
our families, our society, our country? What restrictions on our
liberties might be warranted in the name of family cohesion, social
harmony or national defense? On the other side what are the dangers
that social, economic, or political forces and demands might
overwhelm our personal freedoms?
We begin considering these and related questions with John Stuart
Mill’s famous treatise, On Liberty. We pay specific attention to how
Mill’s ideas have shaped our understanding of First Amendment rights.
We next investigate the proposition, “no liberty for the enemies of
liberty.” Our focus will be on Germany and the United States. Our
major text is Rosenbaum, Explaining Hitler. We conclude the course by
putting our ideas to work in trying to identify the major issues in
the troubled relationship between the liberty and homeland security
in post 9/11 America. Our major text is Dershowitz, Why Terrorism
There will be two examinations and a number of quizzes. There will be
no final examination.