Politics: How People Rule

Are you... political? Many people say 'no' - but that's the wrong answer. You are political, just like I am - just like everybody is. It's part of being human.

I went to grad school to study political science, but instead I found myself most interested in how people experience and live politics in their day-to-day lives. I wanted to teach politics as a skill, not a science, so I began writing down my ideas.

Eventually, those ideas came together in a book: Politics (how people rule), which winds up being a radical rethink of how politics is conventionally studied and taught. It puts the lie to the idea that politics is only for politicians. Politics is for people - it's something most people do every day, whether they know it or not.

At the most basic level, politics is how people make, learn, and keep rules: in families, classrooms, offices, teams, parties, and - of course - government. These rules protect us from violence, help us solve conflict, and give our lives meaning and possibility. Rules make civilization work. Politics is how we make civilization possible.

Politics (how people rule) offers a vision of politics that admits and empowers all people, in the best traditions of American democracy. For people put off by politics, the book shows how politics can be a positive thing, and how we can engage one another constructively.

For people put off by politics, my book offers a way back in: a different perspective, that shows how the worst parts of politics are not nearly all there is. In an appendix, I point out that much of what we are taught about political science is not helpful and probably wrong.

The book is only 120 pages long, and I tried hard not to be too dense - if anything it's lighter reading than my blog. My goal was something accessible to a high-school junior. It's fluid, witty, and has thought-provoking exercises that I totally expect you to skip.

If you only read one book about politics, it should be my book. If you want to read it for free, email me - md( at) oppidi (period) net. I want to know whether it helps, and how it could help more.


Miles Townes

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