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Democracy, rights, and freedoms : What are they? What good are they?

Author: Dan Lyons
Publisher: New York : P. Lang, ©2000.
Series: Studies in theoretical and applied ethics, v. 3.
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"Democracy, rights and freedoms - we treat these words as sacred, but our society has changed, and the value of these concepts may be changing as well. This analysis of the logic of actions, freedoms, powers and rights examines the arrival of a new American - the "Kidult." Increasing traits of childishness and heedlessness, accompanied by advanced "technology for dummies," produce half-educated vandals such as  Read more...
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Lyons, Dan, 1930-
Democracy, rights, and freedoms.
New York : P. Lang, ©2000
(OCoLC)606319222
Online version:
Lyons, Dan, 1930-
Democracy, rights, and freedoms.
New York : P. Lang, ©2000
(OCoLC)607867477
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Lyons
ISBN: 0820445134 9780820445137
OCLC Number: 42682817
Description: 192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Locating Social Philosophy --
Ch. 1. Human Motivation: What are People Like --
Ch. 2. Change, Action and Power in a 'Downhill' World --
Ch. 3. Authority vs. Autonomy --
Ch. 4. Democracy: Its Nature and Value --
Ch. 5. Problems with Education in a Democracy --
Ch. 6. Liberties and Coercions --
Ch. 7. Libertarianism and Redistribution --
Ch. 8. Rights and Optimizing --
What Does it Mean to Have a Right?
Series Title: Studies in theoretical and applied ethics, v. 3.
Responsibility: Dan Lyons.

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"Democracy, rights and freedoms - we treat these words as sacred, but our society has changed, and the value of these concepts may be changing as well. This analysis of the logic of actions, freedoms, powers and rights examines the arrival of a new American - the "Kidult." Increasing traits of childishness and heedlessness, accompanied by advanced "technology for dummies," produce half-educated vandals such as Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh. Wide freedoms, coupled with technology's "downhill" tendencies, can put society - and democracy - in danger. This conservative (but not right-wing) book suggests that democracy, rights and freedoms are not absolute goods, but should be valued by their likely results in our situation."--Jacket.

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