Sometimes you do something alone or in pairs. But often with several people in a group. You are not alone in a group; if you do something, it affects the others in the group as well.

Rules are important so that everyone can live well together. Everyone must adhere to these rules. Even a shared apartment can only live well together if there are rules. Just like for shampoo filling machine manufacturers, there are government rules they need to adhere to.

Politics is acting in groups of people

Action is when people do something with each other:

  • When people talk to each other and make decisions, they make politics.
  • When people find rules for groups, they make politics.
  • When people make decisions for groups, they make politics.

People don’t just make politics in a shared apartment. People also make politics in other groups, for example in clubs or on city councils.

Who makes the rules?

Rules can arise democratically or non-democratically:

It is not democratic

If only one person decides on the rules. Perhaps only the roommate who has lived in the flat the longest decides. That person might say that all people in that apartment must follow the rules.

It is democratic

When the roommates decide together on the rules. But democracy does not mean that everyone always decides about everything. There are different ways to decide democratically.

Democratic does not mean that everyone is always satisfied. But everyone can and may advocate that other rules apply or other decisions are made.

Politics is acting in groups of people. Politics sets rules and decisions for groups.

Most of the time, people speak of politics when it comes to the rules and decisions that apply to everyone.

For example, all people must follow these rules:

Driving license – no smoking

Everyone who wants to drive a car needs a driver’s license.

All shops are not allowed to sell cigarettes to children and young people under the age of 18.

There are also rules for cities and towns

In some cities, for example, the rule applies: people are not allowed to drink beer, wine or schnapps in the marketplace.