Hey there GP students,
If any (or maybe almost all) of you think that politics is boring, you should read these two articles about the spectacular fall of one of China’s most prominent politicians — the man described as a “rock star in Chinese politics”, Bo Xilai.
Politics is a major part of human life and human civilisation, and therefore a major part of GP. True, there are plenty of confusing details about ministers’ names and portfolios, party ideologies, the various branches of government and who’s having an election where. But at the core of it all, politics is a game. It’s a game played by grown-ups, and the prizes these men and women (usually men) are fighting for are power and money.
Open your mind to politics. Don’t just read the news stories about it. Think about how the game is played, including in your own country. Especially in your own country. This game will have major repercussions on your future. What are the rules? How do you try to win? Are there grey areas in the rules? How dirty is the game?
And by the way, politics is not just played out in Congress, Parliament or the White House. It goes on in every office (office politics). It goes on in families as members struggle for power and benefits. It might even be going on in your co-curricular activities. Like it or not, it’s a part of your life. It certainly helps to understand how it works.
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