As I am working on my book project about the current socio-political climate, I have come across a lot of different written and artistic works, and viewpoints. Some of them have been a lot more thought-provoking than others, while some have been more emotionally charged than others. And I am grateful for the variety of perspectives available out there. Discovering diverse and varied perspectives helps me better formulate and articulate my own perspectives, as well as better understand the political world in which I live.
Which well-known philosophers, activists, writers, artists, or politicians have had the greatest influence on how you view politics or political engagement over the years, for better or worse? Who has been able to change how you view things, or what you thought you knew, for better or worse?
I am always searching for diverse, shocking, and or notable viewpoints to enhance or better understand my own, even when I don’t agree with them. So, I created a list of who has influenced my understanding of politics and political engagement over the years, for better or worse.
The individuals listed below have contributed to my political education in one way or another over the years. They aren’t listed in any particular order. Believe it or not, this isn’t even an exhaustive list–not even close.
[Please note that the inclusion of someone on the list below does NOT mean that I am endorsing them, their philosophies or politics, or that I fully agree (or agree at all) with their political views, actions, and stances.]
Martin Luther King Jr.
Donald J. Trump
Osama Bin Laden
George W. Bush
Simone de Beauvoir
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Robert E. Lee
William Tecumseh Sherman
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Rage Against the Machine
Ken E. Nwadike, Jr.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Sir Thomas More
There are certainly many more individuals I could add to this list. This is just a start. Some listed here might seem more obvious than others, regarding how they relate to my political education. In one way or another, for better or worse, they all forced me to grapple with and consider the socio-political world in which I currently live.
Who would be on your list? Which philosophers, activists, writers, artists, or politicians have had the greatest influence on how you view politics or political engagement over the years, for better or worse? And why or why not would they be on your list?
Once you start your own list, you might be surprised with what you uncover.
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