Politomatic is an online news magazine that advocates common sense over the partisan politics that have so effectively helped stifle the American political process today. Through reason and rational, as well as embracing individuality over molds a usurpatory society might force upon us, it is our hope that people may once again seek to educate themselves, making the choices today that will help secure a better future for our country tomorrow.
This notion of instilling others with a desire to learn and educate themselves is paramount; after all, once supported by a foundation in sound knowledge and principled decision making, in a perfect world we might assume everyone would write, speak and remain active to reinforce their beliefs. True, we can’t win any battles with only a standing minority, but an uneducated mob acting blindly and without care or caution will do us no better so far as effecting change. Protest and freedom of speech are powerful tools, but education is the key to presenting alternatives to the current flawed system of government, and doing so peacefully, without bias, egotism or undue criticism, and ultimately, with greater and more desirable effect in the long run.
So many people today do harness knowledge and wisdom. These are obtained through the study of history, economics, politics, social issues, and by merely reading in general. And yet, most people are happy to sit on this information, happily wallowing in their stagnant inactivity. If such things come up in discussion, they typically manifest over dinner, or during a conversation at a local pub or tavern. Historically, restaurants, taverns and public houses have been mediums for exchange of ideas and support of political movements. However, with the accessibility of the Internet in the modern era, ideas can be exchanged on a far broader scale than they once could. In much the same way, government is far larger than it once was also, and as the population grows, the value of currency drops, and the voice of the people becomes more easily drowned by the noise created by the great political machine—something which, arguably, has grown to be more partisan than at any point in the history of the United States.
Sitting on knowledge and relishing in inactivity is almost as bad as enjoying the bliss of ignorance, and in many ways, it is far worse. When we are armed with knowledge, insight, wisdom, and a rational perspective of world events that can benefit those around us, it almost becomes a moral obligation for us to use this for the betterment of society through the spreading of ideas and knowledge… without society having to force anyone to do so. No such greatness ever came to anyone automatically… but when people themselves choose to use their wisdom and rationale to become instruments of change, they can become, in effect, “politomatic,” and much like Ghandi said, they become the very change they wish to see in society.
Yours in Knowledge and Liberty,
Micah A. Hanks