Silly Season

S06: Political Philosophy 101 - Plato & Aristotle

Tom goes back to school with Rob to learn some political philosophy. In the fist episode in this series they cover Plato & Aristotle’s views on governance.

TOPICS

  • Intro [0:00]

  • Plato [1:59]

    • Problems with Democracy [5:21]

    • Plato's Society [14:05]

    • Plato's View of Human Nature [22:58]

  • Aristotle [33:54]

    • Aristotle's Types of Government [35:44]

    • The Virtuous Mean [49:25]

  • Plato vs Aristotle [50:43]

  • Outro [55:43]

    • Bonus: The Void [58:33]

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S03: Voting and Electoral Systems

Rob and Tom discuss the pros and cons of different voting systems, electoral systems and voter turnout.

Topics

  • Voting Systems

    • First Past the Post

    • Alternative Vote

    • Proportional Representation

      • Single Transferable Vote

      • D’Hondt Formula

      • Hare and Droop

  • Electoral Systems

  • Voter Turnout

  • UK Voting Reform

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S02: Consensus and Conflict (50 Years of British Politics in 50 Minutes)

Rob and Tom discuss the 50 years of British politics from 1945-1997 in roughly 50 minutes.

Topics

  • Post War Government

  • Economic Policy

  • Foreign Policy

  • Boom and Bust

  • Thatcher

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S01: UK vs US Politics, A Field Guide

Rob and Tom discuss the differences and similarities between the UK and US political systems for the benefit of listeners on both sides of the pond. 

Topics

  • Constitutions

  • Parliament vs Congress

  • Presidential vs Prime Ministerial Power

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