Let’s Talk Politics Meaning: Local, Regional, National

On a recent episode of the Tone and Tenor Show, Global Philadelphia Association's Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh and Community Heritage Coordinator Gigi McGraw spoke about the impact of Philadelphia's designation as a World Heritage City.

Additionally, the show discussed the meaning of politics, The PA Safer Schools Partnership Act, local state federal budget effects, and the impact of Philadelphia as a World Heritage City.

Politics (from Greek: πολιτικά, translit. Politiká, meaning "affairs of the cities") is the process of making decisions that apply to members of a group.

In modern nation states, people have formed political parties to represent their ideas. They agree to take the same position on many issues, and agree to support the same changes to law and the same leaders. Politics is a multifaceted word. It has a set of fairly specific meanings that are descriptive and nonjudgmental (such as "the art or science of government" and "political principles"), but often does carry a connotation of dishonest malpractice. The negative connotation of politics, as seen in the phrase "play politics", for example, has been in use since at least 1853, when abolitionist Wendell Phillips declared: "We do not play politics; anti-slavery is no half-jest with us."

A variety of methods are deployed in politics, which include promoting one's own political views among people, negotiation with other political subjects, making laws, and exercising force, including warfare against adversaries. Politics is exercised on a wide range of social levels, from clans and tribes of traditional societies, through modern local governments, companies and institutions up to sovereign states, to the international level.

It is very often said that politics is about power. A political system is a framework which defines acceptable political methods within a given society. History of political thought can be traced back to early antiquity, with seminal works such as Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Politics and the works of Confucius. As we say here on Tone and Tenor Politicians are serve the people, not self servants nor should they be servants of special interest groups.

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