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Political Apathy

'I Don't Usually Get Involved in Politics'

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 12.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

This declaration has appeared in my Facebook news feed several times in the past few days. I'm stunned by the enormous unexamined privilege embedded in them. I wonder what it must be like to have the luxury of being able to choose not to get involved in politics.

All But Ignored, Third Parties Endeavor On

Jake Jares | Posted 01.05.2013 | Teen
Jake Jares

As the third-party debates and the campaigns themselves will likely continue to be neglected by our political culture, the candidates fight on now for their message, not their electoral success.

Vote -- It's My Birthday!

Iman Baghai | Posted 01.05.2013 | Teen
Iman Baghai

Clearly, there are issues with the current way our politics run, and we can't fix everything overnight. But there are some simple things that we can do to make people more politically engaged.

Why 'I Don't Care' Isn't Good Enough

Mary Ogburn | Posted 11.22.2012 | Teen
Mary Ogburn

In college, we are finally able to form our own decisions about politics without the influence of our family and peers. It's a time we should spend learning how we can most effectively govern our nation.

Why the Elections Matter (No Matter Where You Are)

Bryant Yang | Posted 11.18.2012 | Teen
Bryant Yang

Don't let November 6 be the first time you see the ballot. Visit your secretary of state's website to see all the state-wide ballot issues and your district's state representative candidates.

We Need Youth to Care

Aaron Miller | Posted 11.13.2012 | Teen
Aaron Miller

American youth, the demographic most important to America's future, are often excluded from political processes and omitted from election ballots in just about every way.

Back-To-School Politics

Kara King | Posted 11.10.2012 | Teen
Kara King

I still don't pay attention to party controversy. I will hopefully one day understand the ins-and-outs of health care and taxation, but at the moment I will admit, I am clueless.

You Can't Leave Occupy Wall Street

Max Bean | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics
Max Bean

Like many in my generation, it seems, I had waited my whole life for a social movement whose dimensions and ambitions were commensurate with the shortcomings I saw in the world around me. By now, I am convinced that OWS is not that movement.

The 10 Most Politically Apathetic Colleges

Posted 01.17.2012 | College

Does the latest political scandal leave you cold? Have you never even heard of a Mitt Romney? It might interest you to go to a school where politics ...

The Hard Work of Democracy

Rich Tafel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rich Tafel

America once believed change happened through politics, but the rising generation isn't convinced. While public service once meant serving the government, it now means joining a nonprofit.

Something's Rotten in the State of New Jersey

Morton Goldfein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Morton Goldfein

Political corruption is not exclusive to New Jersey. Most other states have witnessed similar conduct.

Do You Suffer From Political Apathy Disorder?

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dennis Palumbo

In our haste to understand the human condition, are we in a rush to plane off all the edges, quantify all the quirks, reduce all the contradictions that make up an individual's personality?