Democracy and Politics

Politics

Politics is the practice and theory of influencing other people. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance, – organized control over a human community, particularly a state. Furthermore, politics is the study or practice of the distribution of power and resources within a given community, a usually hierarchically organized population, as well as the interrelationships between communities.

A variety of methods are employed in politics, which include promoting or forcing one’s own political views among people, negotiation with other political subjects, making laws, and exercising force, including warfare against adversaries. Politics is exercised on a wide range of social levels, from clans and tribes of traditional societies, through modern local governments, companies and institutions up to sovereign states, to the international level.

It is very often said that politics is about power. A political system is a framework which defines acceptable political methods within a given society.

from Wikipedia

Politics and Democracies

The Junk Politics of 2015
from Timothy Egan, New York Times, August 14, 2015