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Are any of you actively involved in or excited about politics? I've been thinking about this for awhile. Obviously, INFPs are very caring people and would jump at the chance to have the ability to help others. However, especially lately, politics has become excessively nasty. So what do you think?
 

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I'm not actively involved, but I'd say I'm a political junkie. Srsly, up until recently, I was on Huffington Post and various news sites all the time, and between work and driving I was listening to NPR alllll day long. I got overload, so I've cut down on the input, but yeah, politics gets me going, no doubt about it. And (where applicable) it has a lot with me caring about people. (See: Arizona, the drug war, homelessness, food poverty...)

Honestly, I kind of see it as an intellectual soap opera too, because it really is absurd all of the time. If you look at it that way, what's not to love...?!
 

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I think politics is the opposite of what we really are, at least in nowadays when politicians seems to care more about how they look to the public rather than actually DO something FOR the public.

As the way things are, i'm the least interested in politics. :)
 

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Yeah politicans have ruined politics. Its a nasty and messy business.

I have far left wing political beliefs but I don't think I would involve myself in it unless the situation became dire. Seeing politicans go grey during their terms doesn't help either.
 

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Political philosophy is something I really really really enjoy. It engages a part of me that only really gets exercised through philosophical avenues.

I have considered going into politics but... firstly, pragmatic politics is very much separate from political philosophy (to quote the opposition leader here in Australia "politics is practical, not theoretical", secondly, I have no inclination to accept a role that involves so much concentration on public image (I hate the notion of personality politics), and thirdly, I have explored other mechanisms of social change. I'm more for social entrepreneurship (which I think is more up the alley of Nf's). I don't like being told what to do, and I sure as hell would find it difficult to toe the party line, if an issue was brought up and dealt with in a manner I didn't think was correct. I'd probably last a week in federal politics, a few days in state politics :tongue:

Politics makes me angry, which is a good thing. I'm invested in what goes on in the country (and world), and for the most part, I have strong conclusions as to what I think is appropriate and not appropriate in policy. Economics is the one thing I'm still forming my ideas about through my education. But in regards to social policy in general, I think I have learned enough now, to give me a firm foundation, in my attitudes of this.
 

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I follow political topics on PBS. That being said... I have no wish to join them. When I see the things going on in the US, I think, wtf? Why are people voting for these guys? I feel a vast amount of politics are corrupt, and many only want to represent the people when their jobs are on the line. Then again, I am a bit jaded when it comes to politics. If you want to make a change that matters, at least in the US, I say become a Supreme court Justice (State or federal)... or organize a nation wide election campaign, to get as many people that really want to help elected in the same term as you can. The seniority thing in government makes the new guy take a back seat.
 

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Having looked through political sciences a bit in my free time, I enjoy it. I like entertaining thoughts of small self regulated anarchical communist cells. Yes that's about the most un-American thing someone can say, but really in a small scale community, society would dictate rules, and so long as people would have to rely on one another, it would make a great society.

Actual politics suck. It's just about making your crimes complicated enough that the general masses think you've done them a favor until you can get out of office and get off scot free. It's a bunch of rich old men getting richer and making life more complicated for everyone but themselves.
 

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I'm not actively involved in politics, but I do vote when election time comes. I tend to favor the more left wing parties, but in all actuality I'm more of a libertarian than anything.
 

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I'm interested in politics. i am communist myself, but i know that commuism dosen't stand a chance so i go for the left leaning NDP party here. i intend to be involved somehow with politics in a few years
 
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I have given up on the political world.

The government is crawling with rats, corporate swine, bribery, ignorance, and utter stupidity.
 

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I have given up on the political world.

The government is crawling with rats, corporate swine, bribery, ignorance, and utter stupidity.
you make mistake only the people who win are corrupt, the people who never win never lie.
i understand your cynical but those assholes want to be apathetic
 

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I consider myself a Christian anarchist. I loath politics. I think the world would be better off without it. If everyone would just look around and admit that everyone else is a human being just like them with flaws just like them and none of us are special enough to rule over each other, than I think we could solve this whole political problem. But, I realize that will probably never happen. But, that doesn't stop me from trying to make the world a better place, as much as I can, on a daily basis.
 
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I consider myself a Christian anarchist. I loath politics. I think the world would be better off without it. If everyone would just look around and admit that everyone else is a human being just like them with flaws just like them and none of us are special enough to rule over each other, than I think we could solve this whole political problem. But, I realize that will probably never happen. But, that doesn't stop me from trying to make the world a better place, as much as I can, on a daily basis.
as a communist i agree that if the human race could learn to behave in a reasonnable manner then governments would whither away. and yes anyway i can i want tomake things better
 

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I'm interested in politics. i am communist myself, but i know that commuism dosen't stand a chance so i go for the left leaning NDP party here. i intend to be involved somehow with politics in a few years
I vote NDP too, I don't consider my self a communist but I do have strong socialist values!
 
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I vote NDP too, I don't consider my self a communist but I do have strong socialist values!
the lefter we can go the better! i'm lucky to live in a NDP strong hold
 
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I consider myself a Christian anarchist. I loath politics. I think the world would be better off without it. If everyone would just look around and admit that everyone else is a human being just like them with flaws just like them and none of us are special enough to rule over each other, than I think we could solve this whole political problem. But, I realize that will probably never happen. But, that doesn't stop me from trying to make the world a better place, as much as I can, on a daily basis.
Christ was an anarchist in many, many ways. However, I'm not an anarchist myself, simply because I believe anarchy (and yes, I'm not confusing it with chaos) wouldn't work. Some kind of government always springs up, just in different form. There's always some kind of governing. Otherwise, who will take care of the roads?
 

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the lefter we can go the better! i'm lucky to live in a NDP strong hold
Lucky you, the NDP recieved 6000 votes in my area last election while the liberials and conservatives were upwards of 20000.
 
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I got really involved in local politics my freshman year of college, but my motivation for it has trailed off quite a bit in the last three years. I like to still follow it on the news and whatnot, just so I don't feel like I'm living under a rock. I actually went to this political convention last year called the Young Democrats of America which to this day I still wonder what their purpose was. It was three days of meetings no one went too and everyone got fucked up every night. Everyone there were just business people that were aspiring to put on the political face whenever they could get the chance. It was extremely discouraging. But at the same time my one friend was extremely motivated by it and is now running for State Representative. I'm helping him campaign because if he wins I'll finally have someone to personally bitch too about state politics. :tongue:
 
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