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PART 1 SUMMARYSYNTHESIS The term public good means what is best for society even if it means personal sacrifice In class we talked about the picture of the two kids and how it showed public good We talked about things they needed and who should provide it such as an education provided by the government There are two competing visions of public good The two visions are the Madisonian Ideal and the Individual Interest Model The Madisonian Ideal stresses res publica meaning the commonwealth or good of the public at large Another key point in this vision is putting the good of the nation above your own personal good which is know as civic virtue I also learned the word Weltanschauung and its meaning Weltanschauung is a German word for world view A product of our worldview is our personal ideology Ideology is a set of beliefs held by a significant number of people it provides a description and a prescription for society Some things that have an effect on our Weltanschauung include our family where we live the news and even when we were born We learned there are some differences between Liberals and Conservatives also Liberals which include Democrats are advocates of a gradual change in the social structure Conservatives including Republicans oppose major changes in the political social and economic institutions of society In my life so far my political views have been shaped by what my-friends and family say teachers and probably most influential has been the media Political Parties seek control of the government to bring about new or redefined public policies and programs Interest groups pressure the political parties to act on the policy they stand for Personally the only types of media I get my news from are newspapers and an occasional news program on TV I dont spend enough timeonly about 1-2 hours a week checking up on the news
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