Political Commentary

Political commentary is fraught for writers and poets with conceptions and expectations. It is societally common to assign voting preferences to people based on sometimes uncontrollable personal characteristics. And it is equally as common to then assign personal characteristics to people based on voting preferences.

Literature intersects such dialogues. Certainly we have contributors, but many writers eschew direct statements of belief to prevent reader alienation and theoretically improve the possibility of sales. With so many pundits—dailies, weeklies, monthlies, TV and radio and Internet opiners—who needs to hear the political philosophies of authors anyway? And yet, political commentary in literature has a rich tradition we should seek to enhance, at least to a degree, being careful not to become consumed with its discussion.

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