The following posts are a series where I try to explain the core of the American political system to my 20-year-old son.
- Defining It
The basic point of politics is the managing of shared resources.
- The Core Ideological Conflict: Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up
What is the basic nature of humans, and how does that affect our perception of the correct way to govern?
- Individuals vs. The Community
Your political philosophy is based around how you view the individual vs. their community.
- Labels and Contexts
Labels such as “liberal” and “conservative” are applied in multiple contexts, depending on the issue under discussion.
- Why Labels Matter
Politicians need to get elected, and to do this, labels become a form of marketing.
- The Politics of Getting Re-elected
Once in office, politicians need get re-elected to stay there. This will influence how they act.
- Charity and Personal Responsibility
How do you balance the giving of aid with the desire for people to exercise personal responsibility?
- States’ Rights and the Scope of Government
How much power should a central government have,in opposition to smaller levels of government?
- The U.S. Economy is Complex and Slow Moving
As much as we try to pretend otherwise, the U.S. economy defies immediate, granular analysis. And government has less control over it than people tend to think.
(Image courtesy of the National Archives.)