Politics: Plundering and Blundering

Here are a few more quotations concerning politics, all of them borrowed with gratitude from Webster’s New World Dictionary of Quotable Definitions, edited by Eugene E. Russell (Prentice Hall, 1988) [p. 442]:

[Definitions of politics]

The art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it wrongly, and applying unsuitable remedies. –Ernest Blum

A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. –Ambrose Bierce

War without violence. War is politics with violence. –Stokeley Carmichael [Kwame Ture]

This career of plundering and blundering. –Benjamin Disraeli

The highly ceramic art of molding scum to your own desires.
–Francis L. Golden

Politics–where they pat you on the back so they’ll know where to stick the knife
. –Harry Hershfield


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