Politics is meant to be one of those topics that you don’t bring up in polite company, along with religion. I’ve long thought this to be rather unfair. After all, if people have strong beliefs on these things, then surely they will want people to agree with them, and how can people agree with them if they don’t know their beliefs on these issues that define and change lives?
I would go so far as to say that it is absolutely crucial that the average person have at least some level of political understanding in order for society to function. Politics affects every area of our daily existence, and the democracy itself relies on the concept that ‘the people’ have enough wisdom to elect the right people to form the best government.
The thing is, the average person doesn’t have a great deal of interest in understanding politics. This has become especially true over the last few decades, as large swathes of voters have moved away from identifying with a particular party and/or ideology, having instead found that the major parties are all the same. But aside from that, the fundamentals of political belief exist in a highly theoretical realm, and most people aren’t all that interested in theory, at least not beyond how it applies to them. Give them the basics, such as the theory of ‘the left’ and ‘the right’, and of who leads each party and what that means, and they’ll say that they know pretty much all they need to know.
But what if those basics are wrong? What if the fundamentals of how we understand politics have actually been leading us astray, and have resulted in the ever increasing disconnect between politics and the people?
I will soon be releasing a book called The Political Spectrum which proposes that very thing, but which also offers a solution to this problem. The purpose of this website is to make the case for the theory that our political fundamentals are badly tuned, and that we need a new approach. But more than that, this website exists to provide you with the most accurate, useful and unique political analysis you will find anywhere on Earth.
You won’t find much with regards to the day-to-day, horserace politicking that you find on news websites, because it isn’t very interesting, doesn’t really matter, and is often wrong. No, polspec.net is all about creating political analysis on a big picture level, built on a solid foundation – which you’ll discover in The Political Spectrum – from someone who knows what they’re talking about.
How can you know that I know what I’m talking about? Have a read of my prediction of the US election. You can do that here.
I will soon be posting a by-the-numbers examination of the result, and comparing it with the 2012 election, along with the predictions of myself and others, so keep an eye out for that.
The world is changing, and you are a part of history in the making. If you’ve never taken anything more than a passing interest in political parties and ideologies, there is no better time to do so than now. If you’re a junkie for such things, be prepared and willing to have your assumptions challenged like never before.
I, for one, am looking forward to the ride.