Geopolitics and Anti-Geopolitics

I never knew geopolitics had so many different classifications as to how it is looked and how things can be recorded.  Classical geopolitics I knew about or had an idea of how it would function, but seeing critical geopolitics made me see just how much geopolitics applies to everyone’s lives, whether they realize it or not.  When discussing other major powers in states or states themselves, these ideas were rather likely to have been formed from geopolitical studies or have some basis in geopolitics.  These ideas we form on other states or other groups of people can be attributed to geopolitics and how we view each state or group.

Anti-geopolitics almost seemed misleading at first though.  When you hear anti attached to a word, you would think it would most likely be opposed/against the idea it is anti for.  Yet, it does not flat out reject the thoughts and ideals of geopolitics.  It instead focuses on areas that were not looked at with geopolitics such as gender differences or those that rebel against the typical geopolitical force or identity.  Although anti-geoponics does have some good ideas to it, I do not believe it could completely function without that of regular geopolitics.  I also believe that regular geopolitics cannot be fully considered without that of anti-geopolitics.  They both offer something the other does not and need each other in a way to make proper decisions and to form proper (or at least, better) ideas and mental images of those states and people we are looking at.  One without the other is just like looking at half the image.  You may get a gist of what is going on, but you would never see fully the cause and outcomes of all the players.

Geopolitics (and anti-geopolitics) plays important roles in our daily lives, more often than not, occurring without our realization.  Without this study of geopolitics and how it plays into the world, our thoughts and views of nations would be vastly different than they are now, which can have both positive and negative aspects to it.  It was looked down upon after World War Two due to how close it was potentially linked with Adolf Hitler, but it has evolved since then and has looked at a wider range of topics than just that of pure power.  It can help people generate ideas of why conflict might be happening and why it is being handled the way it is and help the world as a whole understand one-another that much more.

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