Sunday, May 27, 2012

Welcome to Politics for Beginner!

Politics can be very intriguing, but it can also be very messy as well. To most people, politics is known not for their theories or inner workings, but how it affects our world in the past, present, and future. Political beliefs have played very important roles in history, serving as impetuses for many notable historical events that shape the world to be what it is today.

The purpose of this blog is simple: to explain the workings of political ideologies to those unfamiliar with them. Political ideologies are the essential of the political world, as they dictate the directions of the government. How do they do that? Political ideologies in essence are ideas on how things should be run in the world. They tell us what the world should look like, who should be in power, how money should be distributed, and sometimes even how people should interact with each other!

Throughout history, many ideologies have emerged and disappeared. Political ideologies emerge out of the environment surrounding them. Without the context, the beliefs could not surface. Condition of living is usually the main component for political ideologies to form, since the priority in life for us humans is a comfortable, purposeful life. Anyone can create a political ideology, but not all ideologies bloom into fruition. There are many examples in history showing how political ideologies have surfaced and did not work out. Take Nazism and Socialism as examples. The two stated ideologies were accepted by a considerable part of the population. However, they did not work out beneficially for the people and are finally discarded due to the problems they cause. This is not to say that Nazism or Socialism is complete evils, but they certainly have not helped the world become a better place.

The two ideologies we will talk today are well-known in the world today: Democracy and Conservatism. Most might think that these two ideologies will not mix well together, as one is the strong proponent of change and other the vehement opposition. But at the same time, conservatism has existed among democratic countries for decades without causing any major conflicts. So how have these two ideologies coexisted? To understand the relationship between these two, we must understand the history of both democracy and conservatism. How have the beliefs evolved over the years? What problems are they trying to solve? What are their similarities and perhaps, a common purpose?

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