Book Announcement: What Is Politics? 

. . . and why is it so contentious?

This is a rare work of political theory that stands out for its conversational style and readability. Its persuasion relies on easy to follow arguments and logical conclusion in order to repaint the intractable modern political landscape as a vast misunderstanding of what is important in politics. — Warren Maxwell, IndependentBookReview.com

This thought-provoking examination of US political history argues that conflicts over power — rather than irreconcilable ideologies — are at the core of today’s partisan system. — BookBub

My new book has been released.

The Kindle version is available here

The paperback version is available here.

Can I explain what politics is all about? Well, I believe this book is a huge step forward toward that end.

Politics is complex, befitting the complex issues faced by every society and the myriad complex solutions people offer to address those issues. My new book looks at the historical development of the left wing and right wing to help us understand the motivations behind political actions. I go beyond the rhetoric of political parties and media talking heads to consider what politics is really about.


Avoiding partisan diatribe, Left Wing, Right Wing, People, and Power traces the historical development of the left wing and the right wing to reveal that the core of politics is the conflict over power. Despite specific differences of time and place, political actions are consistently efforts to preserve or change the structure and dynamics of power. With this insight, we can better understand political positions and actions.

Written in an accessible style, this book will inform readers regardless of where they see themselves on the political spectrum. With clear but nuanced definitions of political ideologies and movements, the author shows how politics is people seeking to express and expand their power in the social space around them. Thus, the clash of the left and right wings is not about grand ideologies but instead is about power relations and the flow of power among people.


This is my sixth full-length book. I write to make the world a better place by changing the social conversation. That’s why I am a philosopher. That’s why I wrote Left Wing, Right Wing, People, and Power. Please join the conversation.


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