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146. Observing Politics Without Going Crazy

The important thing in observing politics is to maintain objectivity and ability to discuss politics in a disassociated manner. This allows one to evaluate the actions of politicians based on the outcomes rather than one’s opinion of them. Recognizing good politicking is not supporting someone, just acknowledging skill.

Machiavelli was an astute political observer, capable of detesting someone and at the same time recognizing their skill. To be able to succeed, you have to do the same: know where the political winds are blowing, even if you disagree or don’t like where they’re going.

“To understand the nature of the people one must be a prince, and to understand the nature of the prince, one must be of the people.”

Niccolo Machiavelli

Some principles for observing politics:

  • Know what you believe and why
  • Separate discussions of ideas from people and maneuvers from beliefs
  • Acknowledge what you want to happen and think will happen might not match up
  • Don’t let yourself get too angry or worked up (if you do, take a break)
  • Remember that politics is people and people are fickle

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165. Book Review | Shocking Secrets of American History by Bill Coate Conversation of Our Generation

In keeping with this week's episode on history, I decided to bring out a book from my library on history to review today. In this episode, we'll look at some of the secrets of history from this book. Basically, this book is a collection of short stories that many may not know about American history. Despite being a history buff, I hadn't heard many of the stories, so I think there's a lot of learning for anyone. Tune into this episode, I'll show you why you should pick up your copy. "It's a very good historical book about history." Dan Quayle Grab your copy of Shocking Secrets of American History by Bill Coate "History's like a story in a way: it depends on who's telling it." -Dorothy Salisbury Davis Some Shocking Secrets of History How much about history do you really know? Did you know about Aaron Burr's debauchery? How about John Edwards' wayward grand nephew? If you want to learn incredible stories about our past, this book is where you want to look. In fact, some of the stories are truly unbelievable. Despite that, these did happen, and I think you'd be amazed by some of these stories. It's definitely important to know the broad themes and movements of history. However, these little stories are great to know as well, and can make for a great way to get people interested in history. Why History is Important to Learn History is a part of our heritage, and it's important to know where we come from. Furthermore, knowing history allows us to identify solutions in our current situation. There's a common saying that those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it, and that's true. Most importantly, it offers us the knowledge we need to make decisions about our world. This is because it puts things in perspective by broadening our frame of reference. — This episode is sponsored by ยท Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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