In this lecture we look at the basic elements of power and politics and the various ways in which they have been designed to govern human societies throughout human history, and then consider some of the moral theories regarding how the governed ought themselves to be governed.
Politics & Power
This brief visualization displays how the concentration of power in empires has been broken up over time, giving a good picture of how the world has gradually been more and more democratized.
Shashi Tharoor has a different idea about what makes a nation powerful. Here he presents his case for why “in the long run it’s not the size of the army that matters as much as a country’s ability to influence the world’s hearts and minds.”
The Moral Matrix
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores our moral matrix, and discovers some of the roots of social discord regarding issues of ethics and politics.
The Lost Art of Democratic Argument
Given the dysfunctional and often vicious nature of political discourse today, Harvard professor and political philosopher Michael Sandel is calling for some change in the way we conduct our public conversations on social issues.
Does Politics Need More Philosophy? (RSA discussion on the role of philosophy in public life)
Jefferson Smith, a state representative in Oregon, here discusses his Secret to Making Democracy Work.
Brian Regan analyzes several aspects of politics from the angle of stand-up comedy: