This question has made me think recently, as people criticise my involvement in MUN, and politics for youths. The general gist of their argument was that since we can’t vote, or take part in actual politics, what is the point in taking part in such activities.
This got me… quite angry.
Point 1: WHAT’S THE POINT? WHAT’S THE POINT? Oh dear, asking such a question defines the very reason why more people must take part in teenage politics, on any level, whether it be being able to discuss world affairs, to taking part in about 437 conferences, such as Arty has. We must, as teenagers, be able to comprehend issues such as unemployment, budgets, national sovereignty so that when we finally do reach 18 or 21, we will, as our civic duty, be able to vote and take part in politics with all the facts and a good understanding of the issues our world faces. The other option is to blindly accept a blinkered view of the situation, and just take as read what any party might tell us. Which nicely leads me onto…
Point 2: An active interest in politics in your teenage years immediately sets you up for being able to THINK FOR YOURSELF. If you don’t understand why each country requires immigrants, or why tax rates have to go up in your later years due to a lack of education in your youth, you might be swept up by crackpot parties with crackpot ideas. We all want to make informed decisions when we grow up, and avidly taking an interest in politics in your teenage years is a surefire way to guarantee this. This way you can listen to political debates, understanding what issues are being discussed, weighing up the proposals and solutions put forward, and make your vote COUNT based on what you believe in. We don’t want to turn into blank slates, passively agreeing to whatever we are being told. Which, once again, leads me fantastically onto…
Point 3: If everyone did this, we would have much more politically, and socially, cohesive nations,as everyone would understand what was going on, and no-one would allow stupid, mindless bills be passed, such as the NHS reforms in Britain (separate topic… that gets me angry too). We would comprehend the decisions being made, and why they are being made, and not just hate on tough decisions, and recklessly vote through useless reforms.
Point 4: This is why MUN, and teenage politics is so important. I recently wrote an article for my school politics magazine, and I was reminded of the significance of teenage politics when I was thumbing through it.