I don’t know if it’s acceptable to create a topic just because I’m curious about the answer, but I’m sure I can’t be the only person on this forum in the same boat of wanting to be more knowledgeable about politics but having no idea where to start.
I know that I can’t just jump into a higher level political philosophy text, since most of those would assume prior knowledge of the basic movements and writings and such to build upon those, and I don’t even know where I would start learning about those. To be completely honest, I only know very vaguely the distinction between communism and socialism (thanks American educational system!), and once it breaks down into more granular categories like Trotskyism I’m completely lost.
So folks, what are your recommendations for where to start? I’m sure there are some good articles that’d clear up basic ideas and terminology pretty well, but I’m also looking for books to get a more detailed understanding of things and figure out where I fall in terms of ideology.