We all do politics

We all do politics, even if sometimes it doesn’t seem like it. According to public opinion studies, people who are interested in politics are relatively few when asked about it. Approximately 70% of citizens have little or no interest in it. This trend is very similar, whether in developed or developing countries. Likewise, if we look at it by age range, we see that young people are the least interested in politics.

However, those same people who in polls claim to have little or no interest in politics and public affairs, have not realized that, believe it or not, they are doing politics.

Let me explain, it’s true, the level of party militancy is low, I mentioned it in a previous article,[1] The levels of participation in political surveillance or volunteer activities are also important, but these same people, they say, exchange information with their peers, family, friends, co-workers on the various political issues.

The situations are diverse, on the bus, in line at the bank, in the supermarket, at the newsstand, at lunch, at a party; In other words, wherever we are, we will find comments on how the economic situation is going, the decisions taken in Parliament, the questioning of a minister or congressman, etc. In short, we convey our views on the political situation in our society.

It’s true, giving an opinion on politics is an activity, let’s say passive, but for that fact it is still a political act. Let us remember that politics is also ideas, opinions that censure or approve the actions of those in power. When we say: “The mayor has not kept his promise”, “the congressman is lying to the country” or “he should improve care at the medical post”, we are also playing politics, because we propagate our appreciation of public services, public policies, in short, of the acts and decisions of those in power.

Some will say, but there is a lack of action, putting the opinion into practice, influencing, influencing, questioning or ratifying the government’s management. True, that would be lacking, but in order to bring about action you need a “climate”, a state of opinion, and that is what I want to highlight. That, despite the fact that people do not get involved in political action, they do engage in politics by the mere fact of expressing their appreciation of what happens in it.

It is practically impossible for any citizen not to have expressed some appreciation of what their ruler does, that this information flows in the political system and that generates the propagation of that vision. Of course, it will be said, what impact can an opinion have in the face of the influence of the media?

It is true that the media become a brutal weapon to propagate opinions, above all, the official version, that of the government of the day or of the opposition – depending on the circumstances – but, despite this, the media cannot tell us how to think. And they can’t do it, because we interrelate with other people who think, feel and look at reality beyond what the media and politicians claim.

[1] How many members do Peruvian political parties have?

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