There is no question that politics is a major component of modern day life. But who can actually define exactly what politics really is? It is one of those things that we all know it when we see it, but find it difficult to put a label or definition on. Difficult does not mean impossible, so let’s begin.
Of course politics relates to governing, which is control over a social order or community, especially a political entity such as a state, city, country and the like. Practicing politics usually means asserting influence over others either on a civic level or an individual level to get them to do what the politician believes is best.
Some of the tools used by politicians to persuade people to come to their support are negotiations, laws, and often through force. Warfare has been called, “Politics by other means.” In today’s world most democracies will go to great lengths to avoid warfare and only use it as a last resort. Dictatorships and tyrannies however often use warfare and the threat of war, to control their own populations. Under ordinary circumstances however laws are the preferred method of creating structure, stability, and prosperity through the political process.