"Politics is..." by David Brooks

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"Politics is..." by David Brooks

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Earlier this week, David Brooks published "The Governing Cancer of Our Time" in the New York Times, in which he philosophizes about politics and how it ought to be. We connected with Brooks' definition so much that we wanted to share it with you.

"Politics is an activity in which you recognize the simultaneous existence of different groups, interests and opinions. You try to find some way to balance or reconcile or compromise those interests, or at least a majority of them. You follow a set of rules, enshrined in a constitution or in custom, to help you reach these compromises in a way everybody considers legitimate.

The downside of politics is that people never really get everything they want. It’s messy, limited and no issue is ever really settled. Politics is a muddled activity in which people have to recognize restraints and settle for less than they want. Disappointment is normal.

But that’s sort of the beauty of politics, too. It involves an endless conversation in which we learn about other people and see things from their vantage point and try to balance their needs against our own."

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