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Politics

Taken from the word ‘politikos’ which is the Greek term for citizens, Politics is considered as the art and science of meeting the requirements of people and running of different institutions and the affairs of the state. Politics extend beyond the management of governmental institutions but will also cover diverse areas like religion, the corporate sector and even the academia. Right now, the term politics will generally refer to the interaction and linkage among people, the institutions and politics. Politics are now discussed freely in mainstream media in the form of Political Cartoons and other platforms like Diplomacy Monitor and Inside Beltway.

 

History of Politics

Politics is said to be influenced by warfare. It all started with the power given and attributed to Kings; hence kings are considered the ruler and maker of rules. It was only during the French revolution that this concept was taken down. Up until this time, the monarchy is an important institution. Under a monarchy, the realm managed through a Council and considered as the representation of the constitutional government. The Council is known to perform a number of functions including the preservation of the institutions, the social order and the ability to withstand negative talks. The earls, dukes and counts are among the most favored subordinates of the kings. Right now, governments form part of the United Nations, composed of country representatives who answer to the Roll Call and covered by the UN News Centre. Every country has its own modern council; in the United States it is called the US Congress.

Concepts under Politics

There are a number of concepts that one must understand about politics. For start, there’s the concept of the state and property. The concept of property will refer to the claim to a material thing or an intellectual concept. It was the state that started the conferring or transfer of properties to the general public.

There is also the relationship of the state and the justice system. The concept of treason was developed because it was the intent of the state to get the allegiance of its people. The traditional way of effecting justice is now taken out in favor of state justice.

Lawmaking is another contribution of politics to modern world. Lawmaking affects different aspects of everyday life. The development of lawmaking paved the way for the creation and development of taxation. Along with lawmaking is the acceptance of political representation. The party system is another important concept that was developed along the lines of lawmaking and political representation. The political machinery is composed of three important institutions that include party system, majority rule and the political representation.

Different Spectra of Politics


There are different spectra of politics that now define the beliefs and motivations of leaders, individuals and governments. There is the left-right politics. This is developed to come up with a distinction between the left and the right. This is a relatively new demarcation and the meaning has changed and become complicated through the years. A popular thinker, Karl Marx through his Communist Manifesto writing contributed to the development of the concept. There is also the authoritarian and the libertarian thinking. This will simply refer to the kind and amount of freedom that a person will get with the supervision of the state. The different political persuasions are normally seen in many speeches and policy pronouncements as reported on C-Span, National Review and the popular Drudge Report.

Political corruption also exists as reported on PoliticalWire and White House News. This is the use of political power and the institutions to favor only the selected few. There are different kinds of corruption and some of the more popular ones include nepotism and bribery. These are normally reported in leading media outfits and publications like the Briefing Room and D.C. Daybook.


Political Websites

Voting

Polling

Websites Covering Political News

Political Commentary

Left-of-Center Blogs

  • The Drudge Retort – Formatted like the Drudge Report, but slightly left of center
  • HuffingtonPost – Lots of political news and opinion pieces
  • MyDD - News, politics, and current events
  • Talking Points Memo – Serious investigative journalism, often about administration malfeasance
  • TheLeftCoaster.com – Current events, politics, and the media served with a large dose of vitriol

Right-of-Center Blogs

Collections of Political Links

Official Democratic Party Websites

  • Democrats.org – The Democratic National Committee’s Website
  • DSCC.org – The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s Website
  • DCCC.org – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Website
  • Democrats Abroad – Site for Democrats overseas

Official Republican Party Websites

  • GOP.org – The Republican National Committee’s Website
  • NRSC.org – The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Website
  • NRCC.org – The National Republican Congressional Committee’s Website
  • Republicans Abroad – Site for Republicans overseas

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