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What is Politics?

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History of the Word »Politics«

The word »politics« has an interesting history. It comes from the ancient Greek word politikos which means »of the citizen.«  Originally, politics had nothing to do with parties or politicians. It meant the public relationships between citizens themselves. Politics was about the ways in which ordinary citizens engaged each other, across lines of difference, on matters of public or common interest.