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Political Discussion Forums To Have Your Say

Updated on August 25, 2016

We all have our own opinions about politics. Some of us are more involved and interested in the political process than others are. While we rave and shout at the television screen, we sometimes find our family and friends bored, startled or lost. We political junkies need to interact with like minds or at least with those who are excited about politics whether we agree with them or not. I have put together a list of ten online discussion forums where political debate is welcome and friends can be found.

POLITICAL HOTWIRE - Political Hotwire is a very active group. They call themselves "the web's #1 political community". Here you can debate U.S. politics, world politics, and local politics. They also have a society and culture section where you can discuss religion, history and economics. There's a separate category for veterans and you can write your own blog.

POLITICAL HARDBALL - The subtitle of this group is "Where Wingnuts Get Beaned". And they are not kidding. The folks here pull no punches and are outspoken and downright controversial. I find this forum a little difficult to negotiate because of how it is set up, but if you are looking for hardball politics, it's the place to be. Not for the thin-skinned. Also there are links here to other forums.

THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - This is a gentler political forum (of which I am a member). Issues are discussed in a mostly friendly manner though some topics do become heated. A former MSN group, The American Experience is a relaxed place to have your say, play trivia, share recipes, and make friends.

POLITICAL CROSSFIRE - Political Crossfire is a pretty comprehensive political forum venue. They cover important news on the front page where you can link to the discussion forums. They welcome comments on news stories and offer links to many network news and major newspaper headlines. This is a professional and well-organized site you will want to check out.

DEBATE POLITICS - The Debate Politics forum takes pride in being non-partisan and treating everyone's opinion as important. Of course this is politics. They believe in civil debate. This group has polls you can participate in and discussion categories such as breaking news blogs, media bias, international news and weird news. Be sure to check out the scandal of the day.

FREE SPEECH - Free Speech is one of my favorite forums. It has a good mix of people who stay on top of things and don't shy away from a heated debate. Not too many sub-categories here though there is an Off The Wall section. There is a place to blog and a chat room is available though hardly used. I rcommend this forum for good people and honest discussion.

U.S. POLITICS ONLINE - With over 7000 members, U.S. Politics Online is a hotbed of intelligent debate. They welcome the exchange of ideas and are very user-friendly. Topics run the gamut from U.S. politics, to international news and headlines. They have a judiciary section as well as environmental, state and local, economic issues, gun rights and popular crime stories and trials. It's a good place.

CIVILIZED POLITICAL DEBATE - A few more rules and oversight in this forum since they want to keep things civilized. You have to scroll down to get to the debating but it's worth it. They also have running figures of the cost of the war in Iraq and many interesting quotes and cartoons. Links to other groups are also provided.

POLITICAL FORUM - This very active group discusses current affairs and world news as well as politics. They have ongoing opinion polls and sections on just about every social issue you can think of. There's an interesting thread about conspiracy theories that you won't want to miss. Political Forum has over 50,000 members and over 2 million posts. There's something for everyone here.

STATE OF THE NATION - This active forum was also once an MSN group. It is smaller than some of the others in membership but large in ideas and participation. It tends to lean left though the right-leaning members stir things up and create vigorous debate. It is a relaxed atmosphere with a poetry section as well. Worth the time.

All of these forums and discussion groups are free to join and welcome new members. So lurk awhile, join up, and have your say.



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      suziecat7 2 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Alex - it's a good site - thanks for sharing.

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      Alex 2 years ago ought to be in this list. As far as I know it's the only political discussion forum to cater primarily and deliberately to young people.

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      Carlye 2 years ago

      This is way more helpful than anityhng else I've looked at.

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      bonzi 3 years ago

      There is also Its a new site but the topics are worth debating.

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      suziecat7 3 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Trinnity - Sorry to hear this - hopefully they'll get it back together.

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      Trinnity 3 years ago has become very difficult to enjoy. The mods have become increasingly unreasonable and a lot of people left.

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      EMILY CINICOLA 5 years ago


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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Ana - You are welcome.

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      Ana Louis 6 years ago from Louisiana

      Thank you for this information. I had no idea there were so many online political forums.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks you all for taking the time to comment.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Great hub and filled with info I never knew. I love JibJab, but most of the other forums, I never knew existed. Thanks for teaching me some new things.

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      Lois 6 years ago is a place I have found that is family oriented but not prudish. Not left or right with a good variety of ideals and politics presented. Many members from some of the above forums have found it a place where flaming , ads and spam are not tolerated and a camaraderie usually follows joining. A lot of fun. I recommend it,heartily.

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      Barry Horton 7 years ago

      Great writeup. political hotwire is a good one, it can get intense at times but they know their stuff

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      Pamela Laird 8 years ago

      Don't you just love the state of North Carolina? Interesting hub.

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      li7218 8 years ago

      good hub. also where I go ! i find I like

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      busybeeson 8 years ago from Midwest

      This is great to know. I love to hear what people think about political developments. I'll keep these in mind when we near the next election.

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      Barry Rutherford 8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      good hub. also where I go ! i find I like

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      suziecat7 8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Probyte2u - I came cross that picture and knew it was the right one. Thank you all for stopping by.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thank you for the information.

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      Eidul Ameen Bin Sahul Hamid 8 years ago from Part Buntar, Malaysia

      Nice picture there. Don't shoot me !

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      Kebennett1 8 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      Thank You, that is some great information to have!

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      suziecat7 8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks for your comment. State of the Nation and The American Experience are more liberal but we need both sides for true debate. Lots of fun. I am a member of several of these and will check out TownHall.

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      ecoggins 8 years ago from Corona, California

      Excellent! Although it is on the conservative side of the spectrum, is another place to banter about the state of the union.