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"From politics, it was an easy step to silence. " Jane Austen

“From politics, it was an easy step to silence. ” Jane Austen | thanker212 / S G

merge with political and give unified title

According to the Oxford English Dictionary the first English usage of the word Politics can be traced back to 1450:

Aristotle..componede..the book of Etiques and of Polettiques.

Although a distinction is often made between small-p and capital-p politics, at times it’s unclear if this distinction is valid.

Small-p politics refers to competitive human interactions within a workplace, organization or home.

Capital-p politics refers to the dynamics within a government system–be this local, municipal, provincial, state, federal, hemispherical (e.g. NATO, NORAD) or global (e.g. the United Nations).

To say that an environment is ‘political‘ might sometimes be a euphemistic way – and political in itself – of saying something quite different.

Perhaps another distinction could be made not between small and capital-p politics but between honorable and dishonorable politics, or between fair and unfair play, human decency and human indecency.

» Corruption, Politically Correct, Nineteen Eighty-Four

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5 thoughts on “Politics

  1. So much of both confusion and a widening of the mind is often caused by the inability for language to properly communicate ideas. Perhaps American English is one of the more exaggerated examples of this.

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  3. Good article. I think the 2012 election is going to make or break us. Personally I’m a fan of Ron Paul and I think his policies would take care of this right here. I’ve done quite a bit of thinking about it and even some blogging here http://crookedamerica.com

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  4. As long as there is competition among human beings, there will always be politics-capital “P” and lowercase. It really boils down to fear-fear of losing something we have, or fear of looking weak and being taken advantage of. Until the day love overcomes fear, we will have to deal with this.

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