There is so much to know about politics that it can be difficult to figure out where to begin. If you’re just beginning your political journey, here are ten things you probably didn’t know about politics. From the origin of the word ‘politics,’ to the history of voting and campaign ads, these facts will provide a crash course on what’s going on in the world around you.
The Origins of the Word “Politics”
The word “politics” comes from the ancient Greek word, “politeia.” It means “the art or practice of government.”
This is where it gets interesting – the origin of the word has a lot to do with the origins of government. The Ancient Greeks used the term to describe how they would interact with each other in their society. The term was used as an umbrella term to refer to all aspects of human interaction. This is why it’s often translated as “the management of affairs.”
It wasn’t until the 18th century that “politics” began to be seen as its own thing. It started to be used in a more narrow sense, referring only to the process of public administration and governmental affairs.
Politics 101: Voting and Campaign Ads
Voting is the most basic act of democracy. As the United States was founded on the democratic principles of freedom and equality, it makes sense that voting would be a pivotal part of American society.
It’s true that voting is a significant part of our political system, but it’s also important to note that not everyone participates in elections. The United States currently has a voter turnout rate of approximately 60%. That means that there are many Americans who don’t vote, or aren’t registered to vote.
This is why campaigns spend so much money on television and radio ads during election season. These ads can persuade people to participate in voting (or pay attention) and ensure that their voices are heard across the country.
The word ‘politics’ comes from the Greek words Polis and Polites. Polis translates to city-state or state-city, while Polites is a citizen of the state.
The first political party referred to as a party was formed in 1789 in France by Maximilien Robespierre. The first known political parties were created at the end of the 18th century in England and America.
As of now, there are two major political parties that exist: Republicans and Democrats. There are also several smaller ones, such as Libertarians and Greens.
Current Events and Controversies
There are a lot of colorful words out there that people throw around when they talk about politics. Words like “the left” and “the right.” But what do these words actually mean?
Well, the word “left” is generally used to describe socially liberal beliefs. These are ideas that are typically more tolerant of immigrants and minorities. The word “right” is used to describe socially conservative beliefs. These are ideas that often promote traditional values and religious belief systems.
The origin of the words dates back hundreds of years ago when it was first used as a military term. “Left” referred to the location of an archer or soldier on the battlefield, and “right” meant the opposite direction from which an enemy would most likely be attacking from.