Fareed Zakaria on the Rise of Illiberal Democracy (in case your media player does not function)
The assignment: listen to (or read) Zakaria and take notes strategically, thoroughly, and thoughtfully. You may bullet point. I will collect and assess and assess your notes.
Chip Hauss on Democratization (Hauss is the author of your textbook and a contributor to the AP curriculum)
“Ask yourself what you need to know to make this the kind of world you would like to live in. Demand that your teachers teach you that.”
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Contemplating the root of the word “idiocy” leads Dr. Walter
Parker to explore the challenge that democratic societies
face of developing public-minded citizens. The schools,
he argues, are the most likely institutions to succeed in
Eugene V. Debs stated that, “years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then…while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”
H.L. Mencken asserted that, “the average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.”
Freedom House has set forth to gauge the state of freedom around the world.
Your assignment is to assess the state of freedom in the one AP country study assigned to you using the data provided in the Freedom House index. You do not have to write an essay (you’re welcome). Rather, come to class with notes (which I will collect) and be prepared to present and discuss the state of freedom in the country assigned to you.
First scan the methodology of the study so you know how FH arrives at their scores and what the scores mean.
Then read the most recent study (note the dropdown menu) of the country to which you were assigned.
From the Left:
More or Less Centrist:
From the Right: