"Politics"- struggle for power [Hans J. Morgenthow]
*ubiquitous (found everywhere)
--who gets/who does not get
--International arena in which struggle goes on.
--don't want to take the law into our own hands.
What is true in physics may not be in sociology.(ie opposites attract v. likes attract).
"Where the balloon is being pushed to... may pop out, down the road a few years. But eventually it will pop out!"
Within the individual:
Hydraulic mode of the personality.
"multiplication of force" --Pascal
Note: success is measured in materialistic posessions
Struggle can continue externally to the individual
need to draw limits (parameters) and be more specific
how much and how is it done?
Harold Laswell (1950s):
"...to decide who gets what, how much and how"
(Implied:who does not get and who pays):
govt language: government is our business...and business is good!
manipulate - regulate - control
you will obey
"politics" increases as resources become scarce
--why dont I give a damn?
--why don't I care?
--why don't I participate? (example:voting)
maybe there is an interest being served by my complacency
3 June 1980
99M eligible voters in Texas
7.6 M -- Democrats
4.4 M -- Republicans
3.0 M -- Other
84 M -- non-participating
obtacles to effective political participation
ex. "cynicism" -- dis-illusion-ment with government
cognitive dissonance ----> ambivalence --attracted and repelled at the same time about the same thing
(to know/think) (disagreement) -- don't care one way or the other
lack of political militants