In political circles, a “diet” ((/ˈdeɪd/, /ˈdeeːd/ˈdig/), is an informal deliberative body held in informal conditions. The word is generally used historically to refer to deliberative bodies such as the German imperial Diet (an assembly of all the provincial and imperial courts of the Holy Roman Empire) and, more recently, for formal legislative bodies of some countries and regions including…
While the term was originally used by philosophers to describe how they understood their philosophy to be judged, it is now widely used as an informal term for many sorts of discussion that are often used to describe the political arena. Examples include the “dialogue of equals,” “debate “negotiation” as well as “caucus,” “conference,” “conference session,” “debate “summit.”
A “diet” is used in the political arena because of its informal nature, and its ability to meet all the requirements of debate for purposes of persuasion. In addition, the use of this term allows other people to know what the debate will consist of and enables them to get involved if they so wish.
Although the political environment is informal, it is not a “diet” in the strict sense of the term. In the political arena, a “diet” is more like a political salon – it has rules and conventions that govern the conduct of meetings of some sort, but there are no official rules that govern how the meeting is to be conducted.
In the political salon, a number of individuals take turns addressing the group and discussing various issues. There are generally pre-existing rules about the use of various forms of discourse in the meeting and, generally speaking, people can not talk about matters that may be considered political. The reason why it is called a “diet” is because it is more informal than an official body. The official body of a political salon is usually a committee or a chamber of commerce, and it meets in a more formal environment such as a conference hall or even at a hotel.
While a “diet” is an informal term for a political salon, the concept is not unique to this type of gathering. Many different types of informal gatherings also use the word to describe the formal and informal political gathering that occurs in different times and places. For example, the “debate club” is an informal meeting that is held in the same venue as other types of informal political groups, such as political parties or similar events. This type of meeting usually consists of participants who share a common interest in a particular topic or issue and are not part of an official political party or institution.
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