politics The word ‘politics’ comes from the Greek ‘polis’ meaning city-*state. In the modern sense, politics is about what states do, or the *factual or *moral study of this. Only in a metaphorical sense can there be said to be ‘politics’ in an office, *school, etc. The *politically correct idea that *everything is political is a *totalitarian aspiration rather than an accurate description.

It is irresponsible to be *apathetic and cynical about politics: it is better to be antipathetic and damning. Politics is the *crime of *organized *license by the state; and the majority of crime in any *society with a state. Politics is the war of all against all that Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) mistakenly took *anarchy to be: one man’s gain in politics is another man’s loss; unlike the market where both sides gain in a trade. Politics is mainly what is morally wrong with the world. Without politics we would all be considerably better off in almost every aspect of our lives, as its destructiveness is compounded year on year. The four horsemen of the political apocalypse are *parasitism, *persecution, *privilege and *Procrusteanism. In practice, a state cannot be found that does not have all four to some degree. And, analytically, at least one must exist for it to be a state at all. In more detail, the whole of this dictionary deals with the evil and *waste inflicted by politics.

A Dictionary of Libertarianism