Ethics applied to Political Science

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Ethics applied to Political Science

Postby thinkdr » Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:54 am

An oligarchy is a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few. A ruler in this form of government is known as an oligarch.

This contrast with Democracy, which is a form of government in which the majority have a say in what is done – have a say in the setting of policy. Trust is high since the government workers are expected to (and actually do) act more ethicalyl than otherwise. A widespread practice is to give the citizens proposed referenda on which to vote; and then to put those decisions which gain majority consensus into effect. Everything is done with transparency.

A government is morally good to the extent that its citizens are continually improving in well-being and in quality of life.

In Lincoln’s day certain intellectuals were advocating for an aristocracy to run things rather than leaving it to what they refer to as 'the rabble’ to set policy. However, Abraham Lincoln who stood for democracy won out. His views largely prevailed over those of the plutocrats and plantation owners.

The main threat to humanity today is autocracy and dictatorship. Belarus, Bolivia, India, Hungary, Poland, Russia, the Philippines already have a form of autocracy. Now it is an existential threat for the United States. The current President wants to be ‘President for life.’

He came right out and said that in effect he would suppress the vote, lest his opposition could win it. He has even gone to the length of crippling the Postal Service, even though its initiation preceded the writing of The Constitution. It is mentioned in that founding document as a necessary public service!

He arranged to slow down mail delivery [so that the alternative people would have is to die from Covid-19 if they choose to stand in line to vote] for he fears that otherwise he will lose the coming election. This is how an authoritarian behaves.
The USA is facing the prospect pf becoming an autocracy …if it isn’t one already.

Let us set as a goal, and work to implement it, to apply Ethics to the political sphere. Let us make corruption a crime punishable by imprisonment.

Let’s apply Ethics to Political Science, to political affairs, to all political matters.

What do you think?
:idea: For further reading and insight into the topics of Ethics check out these links, and thereby add to your reading enjoyment

THE STRUCTURE OF ETHICS
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http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/TH ... ETHICS.pdf


THE BREAKTHROUGH - We Can Get Along After All (2018)
http://myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BREAKT ... %20all.pdf

LIVING WELL: how ethics helps us flourish
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/LI ... ourish.pdf


BASIC ETHICS: a systematic approach
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BASIC%20ETHICS.pdf


ETHICAL ADVENTURES http://wadeharvey.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/ETHICAL%20ADVENTURES.pdf

When you search Bing for the following pdf selection you may wish to start with page 20 in order to skip the technicalities:
Marvin C. Katz - ETHICS: A College Course
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Re: Ethics applied to Political Science

Postby iambiguous » Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:29 pm

Okay, for the political scientists among us, let's reconfigure the argument rasied above into an assessment of an actual set of circumstances such that what is construed to be ethical behavior comes into conflict as a result of those who subscribe diversely to liberalism, conservativism, communism, capitalism, fascism, anarchism, nihilism, Christianity, Buddhism, naturalism, communitarianism, Unitarianism...

Et cetera: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_p ... al%20order.

You pick the issue. You pick the context.
He was like a man who wanted to change all; and could not; so burned with his impotence; and had only me, an infinitely small microcosm to convert or detest. John Fowles

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Then here: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=185296
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Re: Ethics applied to Political Science

Postby thinkdr » Sun Aug 16, 2020 1:33 am

Thanks for the reference.

I looked up KLEPTOCRACY in Wikipedia and eventually got to this site:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_f ... %93present)

Does everyone here understand that the United States is now a Kleptocracy, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleptocracy
and that if D. J. Trump is re-elected the U.S. will soon be a full-blown Autocracy?

It seems that the only way to prevent this is for his opponent to get an ovrer-whelming, unquestionably-large vote by Election Day.
Conduct such as that will truly be Applied Ethics!
:idea: For further reading and insight into the topics of Ethics check out these links, and thereby add to your reading enjoyment

THE STRUCTURE OF ETHICS
[NEW] :!:
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/TH ... ETHICS.pdf


THE BREAKTHROUGH - We Can Get Along After All (2018)
http://myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BREAKT ... %20all.pdf

LIVING WELL: how ethics helps us flourish
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/LI ... ourish.pdf


BASIC ETHICS: a systematic approach
http://www.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/BASIC%20ETHICS.pdf


ETHICAL ADVENTURES http://wadeharvey.myqol.com/wadeharvey/PDFs/ETHICAL%20ADVENTURES.pdf

When you search Bing for the following pdf selection you may wish to start with page 20 in order to skip the technicalities:
Marvin C. Katz - ETHICS: A College Course
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