Politics has been a strong interest of mine for a good part of my (still quite brief) life. And I want it to be an interest of yours too. Why? Because politics is important. It’s way more important than most high school and college students give it credit for. Politics is everywhere. Every road you walk or drive on, every road sign you see to guide you, everything you see on TV, the internet, and pretty much anything you can think of is either created, regulated, or maintained by the government. Of course, government and politics aren’t the same thing. But they are related, and while politics can exist without government, government cannot exist without politics. I like to think of it like this: government is the means by which the people attempt to get things done; politics is the means by which the government attempt to get things done.
I had the idea to create a politics column for The Prospect after I realized how little most Americans know about politics and government and really just current events in general. I also realized how biased influences, like your parents, your religious upbringing, or the media, can shape the views and minds of high school and college students without them even knowing. This column is being created so that there is a truly unbiased source for information. Obviously our writers are still human, so some bias is inevitable, but we’ll try. And sure, we’ll have op-eds. Those are fun. But they’ll clearly be labeled as written with a liberal or conservative stance, and there will probably be a counterclaim written.
We hope to have lots of general political articles that come up as stuff happens in Washington, around the country, and even around the world. As we said, we’ll try to keep everything as neutral as possible, letting you form your own views about the world. When you read an article and you think it’s biased somewhere somehow, let us know. Leave it in the comments, and we’ll take a second look, and beware for future articles.
You, the reader, trust us, TP writers, to give you advice on college applications, the details of financial aid, and the real stuffs of college life. So I thought you could trust us with one more thing: to let you in on what’s going on in the world of suits and buildings you don’t (yet) have access to. Why should you trust us over CNN and BBC and Al Jazeera? Well, you shouldn’t. You should keep on visiting those sites. Our politics column is meant to sort of build a bridge between high school/college students and the world of politically political stuff. We want to make politics approachable so that you’ll get accustomed to it. You should get a feel for what all those big media outlets say about the world. But we’ll always be here, talking about important things in ways that we see fit. After all, no one on our staff gets paid, so we’re not being influenced by anyone’s money to report what they want.
The main purpose of this column, like I said, will be to make politics approachable to you. So we’ll stay clear of any political jargon, and if we absolutely have to use words or phrases not typically in the teenage vernacular, then we’ll have a definition. If you still can’t figure out what’s going on, you are absolutely free to comment on the article or contact me and a politics writer will have an answer for you. We just want to make sure that you are or will become more politically aware with the help of the The Prospect Politics Column. And if you want us to do an article on something, leave it in the comments! We’ll look through every one and try to write something.
If all of this sounds interesting to you, look out for our articles to come soon. And if it doesn’t sound interesting, look at it anyway. Maybe you’ll decide otherwise.