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Politics (from Greek: πολιτικά, translit. Politiká, meaning "affairs of the cities") is the process of making decisions that apply to members of a group.

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Bernie is just trying really hard

Contributed by Melissa Knopp

Politics and Teenagers

Even if teenagers are not old enough to vote, politics still effects them. It effects their education, their parents, their neighbors. Politicians need to start treating teens like voting adults because we care. "If politicians want young people to vote, then they have a duty to us to improve political education in schools. However, we also need to play our part, and show that we are not the apathetic youth the media has stereotyped us as being, so, if you want things to change, make it happen." -Susannah Keogh, Huffington Post

Contributed by Shayna Rose Horowitz

The Lack of Representation in our Congress

The congress should represent all American people, not just some.

Contributed by Shayna Rose Horowitz

Not only does this video show shocking facts about our wealth gap, but it also shows our ignorance of the significance of the gap.

Contributed by Shayna Rose Horowitz

"By the end of this decade, two in three job openings will require some higher education. Two in three. And yet, we still live in a country where too many bright, striving Americans are priced out of the education they need. It’s not fair to them, and it’s not smart for our future. That’s why I am sending this Congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college – to zero." -Barack Obama, State of The Union 2015

Contributed by Shayna Rose Horowitz

"I intend to protect a free and open internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world." -Barack Obama State of The Union 2015

Contributed by Shayna Rose Horowitz

Maybe technically, but he's still managed to create a lot of buzz this past week with this deal and now his decision on immigration.

Contributed by Aaron Roberts

In response to the Keynesian argument before the posting to this video, I think it is appropriate to represent an opposing side, Austrian Economics, represented in this musical video by Nobel prize-winning economist Friedrich Hayek.

Contributed by Maximo Marcelo Gonzalez

It definitely has manly allusions to judicial restraint and judicial activism. The judicial restraint approach is the view that the judges should interpret current laws and the Constitution strictly on the basis of their language. In judicial restraint, the belief is that the judges should only judge. This means that the judges should only apply preexisting rules and should not strive to change them or set a new precedent. These rules must be clearly stated and present in the language of current laws or the Constitution. These judicial activism critics argue that the judges have not special expertise in the areas of the many cases they decide and thus do not have the occupation of actually designing and managing complex institutions and should only judge. Ginsburg specifically states that this approach hurt the abortion movement. The article denounces judicial activism, a practice that Justice Ginsburg does not believe in for the terms of abortion and same-sex marriage at least. The activist approach is defined as the view that the judges should interpret the general statements of the Constitution and existing laws in order to apply them to the modern world. In this view, it is believed that the judges should discover the real meanings of the language of the Constitution. The judges should then apply these meanings and principles in the perspective of “moral and economic philosophy” in today’s world. Many who support judicial activism argue that it is the duty of the federal court to correct injustices that the other branches did not correct allowing the judicial branch to be somewhat of a voice for the unheard.

Contributed by Jen Lee

One of the central ideas found in this article is the idea of entrepreneurial politics. Entrepreneurial politics involve a policy in which almost everybody benefits, but only a small group pays the cost. Society benefits as a whole as a result of imposing the substantial costs on a small identifiable part of society. In the case of the Environmental Protection Agency, the majority of us benefit because their regulations help make the environment cleaner and safer for us to live in. Filters that help clean up air pollution and regulations on water pollution would help the majority of Americans’ health. However, all of this comes at a cost. The industrial companies that are used to old policies in their procedures of manufacturing which does not include filters on their smokestacks would incur this heavy cost. Every time a regulation goes through, the company will have to spend more on running the factory at the benefit of the general public, entrepreneurial politics.

Contributed by Jen Lee

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