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Politics is the art of gaining power, particularly in government. It entails seeking favorable portrayal by the media in public, and seeking support by individuals privately. Actual success or failure in governing an administrative entity, such as a city or nation, is only loosely related to political success or failure.

In a democracy, people who share broad political goals often gather into parties to mobilize fundraising and create a unified manifesto, called a party platform. In a multi-party state, such as the United States, politics can be adversarial but in a productive way via debating for example.

In a single-party state, such as communist China or Nazi Germany, politics amounts to a process of rubber-stamping the decisions of a small ruling group.


George Orwell wrote:

All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia.[1]


  1. George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," 1946

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