My politics writing has grown out of other work. Elsewhere I make reference to the strands of my writing being entwined like the DNA double-helix. A glance at the articles below will quickly show the truth of this. I write of politics and history, politics and psychology, politics and nature. Politics as an idea is probably as old as human civilisation. But the idea of politics as we know it stems from the Greek city-states. It is from the Greeks that we take the word ‘polis‘ meaning ‘city’.
I have never liked politics or the idea of politics. While friends would vigorously debate the pros and cons of such-and-such a system, my attention would drift into fantasy. These days I have become more political. I see more clearly now how politics has entered into every aspect of life. I have a better understanding of how large numbers of people can be manipulated into certain beliefs. Indeed, people can come to think of a political idea as their own, so fully immersed are they in the propaganda. A basic grounding in politics would be a valuable part of education. But the teaching must have psychological insight! Surely populist manipulation would be far less effective if people had a working knowledge of Thucydides.