First off… Wow! I love seeing political activism, of any sort flag or stripe… it’s what brings life to politics, you know? First off, to answer noachian’s question, though…
I was born, schooled, and raised in the Russian Federation(former CCCP, bla bla bla ), but for the last two, almost three years, I have lived in Alaska in the United States of America, due to a mix of my home in Vladivostok being condemned(long story), disgusts at the political establishment or lack thereof, and the invitation of friends. Sometimes I have some confusion about how things work in the United States, but Alaska still feels very Russian in many ways… the people there are sad all the time, they drink too much, and there are more street poets in certain parts of the land then you can shake a stick at, so while some of my compatriots(who are probably mobsters, sorry about that. :/) go over to the UK, I went here. I go to Russia fairly regularly, if you have good connections it is not hard to travel to Kamchatka, and from there, go wherever you like. If I ever go for more than a week at a time, I am probably in Vladivostok, and my internet connection is non-existant.
Sorry for rambling though, it’s a bad habit of mine. I have so many questions it is not even funny! For TomPhil, more of a question; what is it like actually meeting politicians in person? Are they oil-slick, or fairly decent seeming individuals? I’m not sure what it’s actually like, but… it sounds like a fascinating thing, as writing and campaigning are different then meeting someone face to face, and it’s really awesome to hear about that. Plus debating is awesome.
Noachian, I’d ask how you hope to help with government-voter apathy and mass uneducation and lack of understanding about government; it’s a great question, and it sounds like your courses and ideas might have at least a few good nods in the right direction? Also, just don’t let the monarch centralize absolute power. We tried that, and it doesn’t seem to matter if it’s a minority or a majority, all they do is bathe their children in precious oil and wine and seen off-key.
Cliffski, my major congradulations on duking it out with an MP, regardless of where your beliefs stood and stand, because… that’s just awesome! actually being able to lay the smack down on a politician… probably the dream of all students of politics. Haha, and my second question, is it all right that this is a bit rambly? this is a wonderful topic, I think.