Category Archives: Schmitt

“A government by free and open discussion”

Let us recall one of Schmitt’s main claims: Parliamentarism is rooted in the principle that government should proceed through free and open discussion. This is the reason, for instance, why parliamentary systems have instituted things like checks and balances, principles … Continue reading

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Democracy in the face of Technology

http://awareness-time.com/?p=2623 This video I believe speaks volumes about some of the fears we (younger people especially) feel about the future of democracy. 100 years ago and earlier, the people ultimately had the power. While a large military force could force … Continue reading

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Russian Election Fraud and Schmitt

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/thousands-of-protesters-in-russia-demand-fair-elections/2011/12/10/gIQAru4XkO_story.html?tid=pm_pop A friend of mine recently mentioned something about election fraud in Russia and it sounded as though there were connections to some of the things we have talked about in class. Upon further research, I quickly realized that a … Continue reading

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Clinton and Schmitt

In his speech on Saturday in Eastman Theatre, former President Clinton addressed the same issues that Schmitt talked about in The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy. ┬áTo be more specific, Clinton talked about how both parties in Washington need to listen … Continue reading

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The Occupy Movement: Get onboard now!!!

The time has come for me to address the massive elephant in the room that we call American politics. There is presently a no more divisive issue in this country, even though people should, for the most part, be on … Continue reading

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Friends, Enemies, and Pie

Erik Loomis at the blog Lawyers, Guns, and Money has a nice example of the fun stuff you can find when you read old newspapers. Schmitt argues that politics emerges in the distinction between friends and enemies. Once that distinction … Continue reading

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Myth, Attitudes, and Terrorism

Myth seems to be our new favorite word in class, thanks to Carl Schmitt. What is a myth? According to the New Oxford American Dictionary (that one built into your MacBook), a myth is: 1 a traditional story, esp. one … Continue reading

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