By Steven L Taylor
You can be comfortable with common stuff like Conservatism and Democracy, yet do you actually understand what Patrimonialism is? And what approximately Oligarchy? Anarcho-syndicalism? Politics is, we're keen to wager, the main passionately argued-over subject material, and but what number people flounder round in confrontational debates simply because we haven't any grip on political concept, only a obscure inspiration that they're all out to get us? 30-Second Politics can assist dispel this fog distrust and paranoia. It demanding situations political theorists of all colours to come back up with no-frill, no-spin, tell-it-like-it-is reasons of the 50 most vital political -isms, -archies, and -ocracies that experience pertained because the time of Periclean Athens. At no public fee, the publication explains every one political idea in not anything greater than pages, three hundred phrases, and a few propaganda-style imagery, for we know photograph chance is worthy one thousand phrases of lifeless interview.
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30- Second Politics: The 50 most thought-provoking theories in politics, each explained in half a minute by Steven L Taylor