Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/08/24/Hunter_Rawlings_Two_Strands_of_Liberty_in_the_Western_Canon Professor Hunter Rawlings III links the fall of ancient Greece to its embrace of direct democracy, which he calls "mob rule." He cites California's dependency on ballot measures as a prime example of why pure democracy leads to "dysfunctional" governance. ----- Hunter Rawlings, President Emeritus of Cornell University, explores the origins of the American idea of freedom. He explains that it arose from two conflicting schools of thought: the ancient Greek strand, which valued communal society over the individual, and the Enlightenment, which prioritized individual freedom. He discusses how these ideas influenced the founding of America and how they continue to shape modern American society. - Chautauqua Institution Hunter Ripley Rawlings III (born 1945) is an American classics scholar and academic administrator. He is best known for serving as the 10th president of Cornell University from 1995 until 2003. Currently, he serves a professor of classical history in Cornell's Department of History and Department of Classics.
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