Writing and Politics

I looked the word politics up in Merriam-Webster and saw that there are different definitions

As a rule, I abstain from politics. The version of politics I avoid is: the art or science of government; the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy; and the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government ?.

I do not vote or protest or sign petitions. I do not read or watch the news. I refrain from involving myself with the democratic process in the US. Instead of working with the system, I work with people through service.

Another definition of politics is the total complex of relations between people living in society ?. That’s pretty comprehensive. The English language is tricky: the same word can have definitions which are similar enough to be confused but different enough to be misleading.

I found these two articles at MoorishGirl’s blog.

The first is The Writing Life: On the novelist’s obligation to employ politics and poetry by Walter Mosley. He writes about the novelists obligation to take a close and uncomfortable look at the world they inhabit, the world we all inhabit, and the job of the novel is to make the corpse stink. ?

The second article is by an Iraqi novelist Haifa Zangana called The right to rule ourselves about the torture, killing and collective punishment of civilians in his country.


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