<p>Political Science is the science of politics, or the science of the nation-state. It is the art of diplomacy, the study of ideas, ideologies, and influence, the science of strategy, economics, and rhetoric, and more. Perhaps political science is best summed up by Aristotle in his discussing of man’s role in creating the ideal nation-city-state:</p>
<p>“Political science aims at what is the highest of all goods achievable by action…. though it is worth while to attain <em>the end</em> [AKA <a href="http://factmyth.com/the-point-of-life-is-happiness/">happiness</a>/<a href="http://factmyth.com/arete-explained/">arete</a>/”the greatest good”/”the highest good”] merely for one man, it is finer and more godlike to attain it for a nation or for city-states. These, then, are the ends at which our inquiry aims, since it is political science, in one sense of that term.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">” – </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Aristotle on the meaning of life, virtue, morals, ethics, and the city-state, <em><a href="http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/nicomachaen.1.i.html" target="_blank">Nicomachean Ethics</a></em> 350 BC</strong></p>
The Tea Party is today a conservative nativist protectionist populist movement, similar to the past Know-Nothing, pro-gold Gilded Age, Hoover Republican, and States’ Rights movements in America.
The United States can be thought of as a union of diverse and sovereign regions, of sovereign people, who agree on the basic principles of democracy, republicanism, federalism, and liberalism in general.
Thomas Jefferson is credited with having said, “equal rights for all, special privileges for none,” a slogan that other progressive Democrats like Williams Jennings Bryan embraced.
We explain the meaning of Democrat, Republican, Whig, Federalist, Anti-Federalist, Union, and Confederacy the political terms the major parties used for their party names.
We explain three different types of Republicans found in America during Civil War Reconstruction: moderate, conservative, and radical Republicans.
We explain the different types of American progressivism including left-wing progressivism, religious right-wing progressivism, Tea Party progressivism, and other types on the political left, right, and center.
The Electoral College is meant to protect minority voting interests against the tyranny of the majority, and to prevent special interests not in the public interest.