Polis. The word means "city" in Greek. It also refers to the citizens of the city. And when we're talking city here, we're talking city-state. So the polis is both place and people.

It is also the root word for politic. Politics. Political. Politicians.

Politics is the means by which the people decide how they wish to live in their city - um, city-state - er, country. And whenever someone takes part in making those decisions, they are, ipso facto, a politician.

So when people say they don't want to have anything to do with politics or that they are sick of politics or that they want to do away with politics, they are actually opting out of the decision process. They are refusing to be politicians.

The joint is run by the people who show up.