Chris Dillow also notes here what politics isn’t, through the eyes of people who are interested in what passes for politics:
Most of those who claim to take an interest in it are not really interested in how to govern the public sphere: if they were there’d much more interest in the social sciences. Instead, they’re mere spectators in a wrestling match who are booing baddies and cheering goodies.
I cheered – well, sighed – reading this.
This begs the question: what is politics?
We’ll need to go back to Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes and Locke to get started on this. At least, though, we’re asking the right question.