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Chapter 1

Course Concepts

TermDefinition
Constitution #1 Interpretation Govt. should be small and "hands off" when it comes to political, economic, and social aspects of all American's lives.
Constitution #2 Interpretation Govt. should be "hand on" in protecting the rights of all Americans regardless of race gender, ethnicity, religio, sexual orientation, etc. This is the only way to protect a citizen's constituional rights.
Capitalism $ decisions are made as a result of supply and demand between individuals NOT the govt.
Socialism Govt. plays a greater role in regulating economic activity between people.
Three levels of government Federal --Washingto D.C. State -- Kentucky Local -- Louisville or LaGrange
Planned Economy Government determines all Factors of Production and answers all of the Essential Economic Questions
3 Branches of Government Legislative -- congress makes the laws Executive -- enforces laws President at national level, govs, mayors, etc. Judicial -- interprets or judges the law
Civil Rights Traditionally revolved around the basic right to be free from unequal treatment based on certain protected characteristics (race, gender, disability, etc.) in settings such as employment and housing.
Civil Liberties Basic rights and freedoms that are guaranteed -- either explicitly identified in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, or interpreted through the years by courts and lawmakers.
What are some civil liberties? Freedom of speech, The right to privacy, The right to be free from unreasonable searches of your home, The right to a fair court trial, The right to marry, The right to vote.
Created by: Igroc