I am very strongly against a political forum.
I come here as a haven away from the negative-filled world, and I don't want to see political topics when I do a "Search New Posts" to tempt me and remind me of all the bad things going on in the world and in politics.
This place was very helpful to me to get away from reading online political news all the time back in July when I succeeded a 30 day trial of not reading the news online. I started posting in increased intensity during that month on here. Had there been a political forum on here back then, I would instead have avoided coming on here too. That's because often in a political forum, people post about the most recent news bits and how I can avoid the news, if it's been discussed in a forum?
Futhermore, I feel that there is a huge different between politics and personal development. In personal development, if someone is advocating something I think is stupid or harmful, it's no big deal. It won't affect me. However, in politics, if someone is advocating something I disagree with, and that person convinces enough people, then my life can be impacted negatively. That is - personal development is about changing your own life and your situation in a way that you want it. Politics is frequently about changing other people's lives and their situation in a way that they may be opposed to and that may actually be harmful to them. Thus, it's easy to ignore personal development threads I disagree with, but it's quite hard to ignore political threads that impact an issue I feel strongly on.
There are thousands of political forums around the world, if people want to talk about politics, let them go to one of those. Let's keep this a safe place to have intelligent discussion on personal development and not a place where we encourage people to argue about politics.
Last edited by seeker5; 01-02-2008 at 08:54 PM.