[extropy-chat] Re: A view of what politics is

Acy James Stapp astapp at amazeent.com
Fri Oct 21 20:47:58 UTC 2005

The key point in politics, which was touched on by BillK and Guu1i0, is
*power*. Politics is about power and dominance over others. But it's not
about the raw exercise of power, it's about the increase of power.


-----Original Message-----
From: extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org
[mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of Jack
Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2005 8:21 PM
> On 10/14/05, Brett Paatsch <bpaatsch at bigpond.net.au> wrote:
> >
> > Jeff Allbright wrote:
> >
> >    I suggested that we think of politics as "social decision-making
> > > applied to groups, expecially with respect to methods of influence
> > > those processes."
> > > I'm getting stuck with phrase "social decision-making". I'm 
> > > wondering if it is an oxymoron.

I posted this before - I still think the best definition of politics is:
The relationships between groups! At any level - from office factions to
negotiations between superpowers. Politics is only incidentally social
decision making. it is wholly about interacting communities.

Jack Parkinson

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