a: the art or science of government
b: the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy
c: the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government
The "art"? I don't think of art when I think of politics. What a profound idea; the comparison or definition of politics as art! Art is a word that encompasses a vast variation of subjects, people, places, things and ideas. It can be seen from multiple perspectives and yet none of them are labeled as being wrong. Art allows for differences and acceptance of each idea and view, no matter how bizarre or mundane they may seem to opposing sides. We view and understand art to be diverse and immense in nature and that same word is used to define politics. Wouldn't it be great if we could hold true to the definition by realizing and accepting that we may have a different perspective or preference but that doesn't automatically denote opposing views as inferior or false? What if we could hold contrary opinions on politics and still remain friends? That would be quite an art!