Political Systems and the Nature of Freedom

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Variocity, 2005 - Political Science - 312 pages
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We are under attack every day of our lives... by, of all things, labels. Political Systems and the Nature of Freedom is the first volume of a three-part series that defines the structures of government and the relationship these institutions and ideologies have with the people who exist within them, by reviewing and redefining the myriad of labels used to describe their nature and function.ᅠ Governance, democracy and freedom are concepts that are frequently bandied about and just as frequently fought over or taken for granted. Author Robert Upshaw comparatively examines different theoretical forms of government and carefully looks at actual governments and how they do or do not conform to these definitions.ᅠ In this book he delves into the role these institutions have in the lives of individuals, and presents a case study, using the Constitution of the United States and modern America.ᅠ A variety of political theories are also examined for their relationship to the nature of freedom. Carefully and concisely written, Political Systems and the Nature of Freedom is an important book for our times and for anyone interested in the way government affects the governed as it details the results of this Great Experiment and what freedom means in the Twenty-First Century.
  

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Contents

Introduction to Book I
1
Forms of Government and their Institutions
5
The Original Six
7
Mixed Governments
23
The Model Forms of Government
31
The Dictatorship
35
The Republic
45
The Structure of a Republic
57
Independent Political Activity
113
Case Study U S Citizens
117
Case Study the Constitution
127
Political Theory and the Nature of Freedom
159
The Rise of Political Ideology
161
Sources of Totalitarian Ideology
175
The Failures of Enlightenment Theory
187
Kinds of Freedom
197

Political Parties
63
The Media
69
The Bureaucracy
83
Aristocratic v Democratic Republics
91
Peace and War
95
The Behavior of Man and Government Forms
101
Crime and the Courts
103
Education and Educational Systems
109
Two Faces of Freedom
205
The Rise of the Bureaucrats
213
The Bureaucratic State
225
The Free World
235
Maintaining and Restoring Freedom
247
The United States Constitution
263
The Declaration of Independence
281
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Robert Upshaw is a writer, husband, and father living in Palmetto Bay, Florida. He has a BA in History and has done extensive post-graduate work in Political Science, Economics, Philosophy and History. He is not affiliated with any political party or group.

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