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Old 01-16-2010, 02:59 PM  
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What events/people sparked your interest in politics?

There may have been a thread like this at one point but I missed it. I was thinking the other day about what events/people in my life influenced me to become involved within the political realm and I was curious to hear stories of other posters.

First, what events or people in your life sparked your interest in government affairs?
Secondly what intellectual influences have guided and shaped your political and economic philosophy in life?

As for me I think September 11th really changed my life, I was a freshman in college getting ready to work toward my history degree when it happened. The events being awful as they may be did create more of an interest in history which evolved into political science. I decided later to major in both (forcing me into one more year of undergrad), however upon entering my final year of undergrad I decided to go for my master's in poly sci and during that time my interest evolved again but more into an economic focus on political events/ policies. During that time I feel the intellectual influences that really shaped my philosophy were/are Milton Friedman, Ludwig Von Mises, Ron Paul, Fareed Zakaria, John Locke and Thomas Jefferson.

When reflecting upon the past 7-8 years of my life I have noticed how my economic and political views have impacted my social views, when initially it was my social views that influenced my political ones. Anyway, please share.
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Old 01-16-2010, 03:02 PM   #2
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Old 01-16-2010, 03:05 PM   #3
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The train wreck that was the Carter Administration.
Those policies angered you enough to raise an eyebrow? I just find that many my age don't have much of a interest for it or know very little. Maybe I am being naive in thinking they should.
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Old 01-16-2010, 03:14 PM   #4
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Those policies angered you enough to raise an eyebrow?
Mysteriously enough, yes.
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I just find that many my age don't have much of a interest for it or know very little.
That statement could stand truthfully on its own without being limited to their knowledge of the Carter years.
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Old 01-16-2010, 03:17 PM   #5
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Mysteriously enough, yes.

That statement could stand truthfully on its own without being limited to their knowledge of the Carter years.
Yea, my generation never knew the joy of the 70's stagflation or Nixon's price controls and the harm that govt. intervention can create.
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Old 01-16-2010, 03:19 PM   #6
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Old 01-16-2010, 05:44 PM   #7
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Old 01-16-2010, 05:58 PM   #8
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Old 01-16-2010, 06:20 PM   #9
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Good thread. And Bearcat, we have some similarities. I, too, was an entering College Freshman going into History. When I figured it would be better for me mostly marketly speaking to have a double major, it was Political Science I turned to because of a general interest in current affairs.

But that was in 2006. There was no general event which threw me into it. Of course, September 11th also made me interested in political affairs as an 8th grader. But much more important were my History classes in high school, in which we dealt a good deal in current affairs. Particularly in my European History class my junior and senior years we would get into it.

Influenced almost entirely by my parents, I was a Republican then. Supportive of the Iraq War, a dislike of welfare and social programs like food stamps, which I saw firsthand working at Hy-Vee.

Probably not until deep in my freshman year did I become slightly more liberal, and along with that, more Catholic oriented. Maybe there was a connection between the two, but I haven't thought about it much. I did become more opposed to the Iraq War and Republican Party. I also disliked evangelical Christianity, the base of the Republicans. Now, I don't have so much dislike for evangelical Christianity as a whole. In fact, I can't even say I dislike it so much. Just disagree with it, mostly. Some things I dislike about it.

As a unique twist, I liked Ron Paul for a little bit, after my sophomore year. But in my junior year, my mind became much more economically liberal biased. I read Paul Krugman and through socialist friends, I became aware of a working class perspective. I have been influenced by my socialist friends to an extent, but I am still a follower of Paul Krugman's, economically. Along with that, I am a supporter of worker's unions, more government regulation over the economy, and prefer small business over corporations and would like government policy to reflect that, somehow. I totally abandoned Ron Paul and embraced Franklin Roosevelt. And still very Catholic. And that's my position today.
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:42 PM   #10
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Old 01-17-2010, 12:36 AM   #11
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As a unique twist, I liked Ron Paul for a little bit, after my sophomore year. But in my junior year, my mind became much more economically liberal biased. I read Paul Krugman and through socialist friends, I became aware of a working class perspective. I have been influenced by my socialist friends to an extent, but I am still a follower of Paul Krugman's, economically. Along with that, I am a supporter of worker's unions, more government regulation over the economy, and prefer small business over corporations and would like government policy to reflect that, somehow. I totally abandoned Ron Paul and embraced Franklin Roosevelt. And still very Catholic. And that's my position today.
He's a socialist and a spendaholic and you're one of his followers....but you say you're not a socialist? Logic FAIL. He's also completely wrong as are the socialists who have wrecked every country they've ruled in. I, however, do not expect that to deter you.

BTW when one claims to be economically liberal....it means liberalization of markets meaning freedom. Ya' know the way Sweden has in recent years begun to liberalize her markets. So as to rescue the country from the ravages of socialism.

You're economically hard left which is socialist and a Catholic. This is why, exactly, I say and say with more certainty that is Liberation Theology minus the violence.
But you are NO economic liberal,which stems from the Latin liberalis, "of freedom; worthy of a free man." You are not that but in the heavy control camp.
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I became disillusioned by our political process before I even got a chance to vote, during the whole 2000 election thing in Florida. It was after all of that it occurred to me my vote doesn't always count. It CAN count, sure, but only in a state where you voted for the majority. So if you are a conservative in California, or a liberal in Utah, your vote doesn't count... it disappears once the state has been tallied.

I think its important to clarify I still like politics, just not current events. This whole bickering back and forth crap about stuff like Guantanamo and universal health care... I'll leave that to other people. I enjoy talking about politics in theory more than in application. Marx, Smith, Keynes, Friedman... that stuff. And I can't remember what really got me started on that. I think it may be the American Government class I took in high school...
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but i try to keep my interest in politics to a minimum as I feel i really have no say so in the system...
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