72 Days Until Mid Term Elections

There are so many words that come to mind when we begin discussing politics and our political ideas, however, we often engage with voters and potential voters who hold views different from our own. As a little cheat sheet, see the definitions for a few of the most common terms that you may hear when talking to voters. 

  1. Ideology - a system of ideas and ideals, especially one that forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy
  2. Identity Politics - a tendency for people of a particular religion, race, social background, etc., to form exclusive political alliances, moving away from traditional broad-based party politics
  3. Liberal - open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values
  4. Conservative - holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion
  5. Moderate - not radical or excessively right- or left-wing
  6. Socialism - a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole
  7. Communism -  a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs
  8. Capitalism - an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state
  9. Tariffs - a tax or duty to be paid on a particular class of imports or exports
  10. Free Trade - international trade left to its natural course without tariffs, quotas, or other restrictions

Word definitions from Dictionary.com

LaKesha Womack