Thursday, May 5, 2011

#125 / Political Science

I see politics as "art" more than "science," if "science" is taken to be a set of researches into what already exists, to be able to name it, and to manipulate it.

Of course, that's probably an unfair characterization of "science," which at root means "knowledge."

All too often, though, one does get the impression that "politics" as it is practiced is a rather cold blooded affair, with political operatives seeking to find the most adroit methodologies of manipulation, to achieve their ends. I'm sticking with the "art of the possible," instead of "political science" to describe our essential political task.

In our world, where anything is "possible," politics is the art of inspiring action to make our bravest dreams come true.

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