What is politix?

The word politix is obviously related to politics. There’s no trickery involved. The fact that I added an x is an obvious sign that the original word has been tampered with. But why?

The word politics is often narrowly associated with government. I adopted politix partly to emphasize the fact that I discuss the role of politics in society in general, including workplace politics, for example.

Politics have no relation to morals. — Niccolo Machiavelli

I also embraced politix just to get attention. Millions of books and articles have been written about politics, but politix is more of a novelty.

OK, we now know that politix and politics have roughly the same meaning, but what do they really mean?

Nearly 2,400 years ago, he Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote that humans are a political animal and that politics and ethics are closely linked. In broadest terms, politix/politics is the way that people living in groups make decisions. People living in groups commonly make agreements that allow them to live together.

Politics has been famously called the art of compromise.

However, political groups aren’t necessarily democratic. People often agree to various demands in the face of pressure, deception, or threats. The Confederacy, with its countless slaves, was a political organization. The slaves were a part of that organization, though not voluntarily.

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. — H. L. Mencken

We might say that politix is the art of getting along, though some might argue that it is more accurately called the art of forcing other people to do what you want them to. In fact, power is a very important part of politix. In his 1532 book, The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli wrote that politics is primarily about having and keeping power. He said that without power, a leader could do nothing.

In summary, we might say politix embraces both cooperation and power, or force. Even when people voluntarily make agreements, they generally designate leaders who have more power than their peers.

The study of politics is commonly called political science. However, you really can’t understand it without embracing philosophy. In fact, some universities offer degrees in political philosophy. The terms civics, social studies, public affairs, public administration, and government may be roughly synonymous with politics.

It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. — Joseph Stalin

When I first began using the word politix, it was virtually unknown. Suddenly, the word exploded in popularity. When I typed it into Google on January 6, 2023, I got over two million hits! Is this just a weird coincidence, or is it evidence of a conspiracy? In other words, are other people promoting the word politix to divert attention from my websites?

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