1) Learn about the great ideologies: Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Nationalism. You can do this by googling or if you have the time reading introductory books on political ideologies. By understanding this, you'll have some knowledge about how people think out their political views and what political figures and comentators stand for.
(Original post by GildedButterfly)
I am 20 and I really dont know how i got this far with knowing so little about politics and society. Its coming to the time know where the gaps in my knowledge are being exposed, and I really want to learn as much as I can about politics and society in general as quickly as I can. If someone could give me ways of teaching myself about politics-whats the difference between lib dems/conservatives/labour, why did people dislike thatcher....i feel overwhelmed by how stupid i feel. Could someone please help?
2) Learn about figures: you've got to know who are the movers and shakers in todays world. Start with the three party leaders, Cameron, Miliband, Clegg. On the international scene: Obama, Merkel, Hollande. Then move on to previous prime-ministers: Brown, Blair, Major, Thatcher all the way back to atleast Attlee and Churchill.
3) It is very important that you learn about institutions. Learning about how institutions like Parliament, the Cabinet, The EU, and the United Nations work will help you to understand how laws and policies are made and how power is used and distributed between these key institutions.
4) This is the most basic but the most important, you must follow the news as closely as possible. Use a variety of sources and learn about the sources themselves and how they present information in their particular ways. Watch BBC news, read the Times, The Guardian, the Telegraph, the Independent etc. If you do this you'll understand why the people who make the news do the things they do and more importantly, this will help you discover your political views aswell. I hope you find this very helpful
Last edited by JIRAIYA-ERO-SENNIN; 07-08-2012 at 18:32.
Don't worry, I'm not stressing over your rep.
(Original post by dj1015)
You negged me first, don't dish it out if you cant handle it.
Last edited by AspiringGenius; 08-08-2012 at 19:37.