Homofascism: the belief that, in the interests of inclusiveness, people should lose their job for having an unpopular religious belief.
Support among the Australian public for Rugby Australia firing Israel Folau appears to be ultimately based on the view that his comments were ‘not inclusive’. Rugby Australia cited a violation of it’s inclusiveness policy in justifying excluding him from the game. The hypocrisy of supporting real harm (losing a job) in exchange for harm that cannot be demonstrated (statements about the afterlife) seems lost to such people. Alternatively, many people offer a technical, contractual justification. Ignoring that the contractual justification rests on an inclusiveness policy, this also fails the reciprocity test. If the situation were reversed and the majority of the population were reactionary, conservative and religious, would those who now support Folau losing his job on technical grounds also support someone losing their job
Political economy was the original term for the study of production, the acts of buying and selling, and their relationships to laws, customs and government.
It developed in the 17th century as the study of the economies of states which placed the theory of property in the theory of government.
Some political economists proposed the labour theory of value (first introduced by John Locke, developed by Adam Smith and later Karl Marx), according to which labour is the real source of value. Many political economists also looked at the accelerating development of technology, whose role in economic and social relationships grew ever more important.
In late 19th century, the term “political economy” was generally replaced by the term economics, which was used by those seeking to place the study of economy on a mathematical basis, rather than studying the relationships within production and consumption.
In the present, political economy
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Every clique has its own language — an insider’s jargon that people outside the group don’t always understand. Filmmakers talk about “panning” and “fading.” Retailers talk about “floor sales” and “back orders.” Politicians have a language of their own too, and it often appears in media reports about politics.
What exactly do politicians mean when they talk about a “lame duck” or a “rubber chicken”? What is “red tape” and who is the “Silent Majority”? This glossary is designed to demystify some of these terms and explain their origins. The definitions that follow, with background drawn from Safire’s New Political Dictionary, should help you understand political talk a little better the next time you hear it on the evening news or read about it online.
Big Government: A negative term, used mainly by conservatives to describe government programs in areas where they believe government shouldn’t be involved, especially those
Politics (from Greek πολιτικός, “of, for, or relating to citizens”), is a process by which groups of people make collective decisions. The term is generally applied to the art or science of running governmental or state affairs. It also refers to behavior within civil governments. However, politics can be observed in other group interactions, including corporate, academic, and religious institutions. It consists of “social relations involving authority or power” and refers to the regulation of public affairs within a political unit, and to the methods and tactics used to formulate and apply
From Middle French politique, from Latin politicus, from Ancient Greek πολιτικός (politikós), from πολίτης (polítēs, “citizen”). Cognate with German politisch (“political”).
politic (comparative more politic, superlative most politic)
- (archaic) Of or relating to polity, or civil government; political.
- the body politic
1593, Sir Philip Sidney, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia:
[…] he with his people made all but one politic body whereof himself was the head
- (archaic, of things) Relating to, or promoting, a policy, especially a national policy; well-devised; adapted to its end, whether right or wrong.
- a politic treaty
- (archaic) Sagacious in promoting a policy; ingenious in
Set of activities associated with the governance of a country or territory
Politics is the set of activities that are associated with the governance of a country, state or area. It involves making decisions that apply to groups of members and achieving and exercising positions of governance—organized control over a human community. The academic study of politics is referred to as political science.
In modern nation states, people often form political parties to represent their ideas. Members of a party often agree to take the same position on many issues and agree to support the same changes to law and the same leaders. An election is usually a competition between different parties. Some examples of political parties worldwide are: the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa, the Democratic Party (D) in the United States, the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom, the Christian Democratic Union