And this is exactly the answer I was looking for re: politics! I can agree with you completely, however my original intent had more to do with political ideology, such as: I am more interested in what is, instead of being interested in the way things should be, or dogmatically interpreting power structures and hierarchies through a certain schematic. That said I do tend to waffle more towards what you are saying but the different forms of “politics” – political, politician – still seem problematic to me in your definition.
I don’t find so. I mean obviously we have to be able to differentiate between establishment politics versus my totalist view of politics. Under my totalist view, a political act is any act between two people that exerts power. For example (to be extreme in demonstrating this) a person using a racist slur is engaging in a political act because it (intends to) demonstrate(s) their power dominance. A politician is somebody who consciously engages in these situations, or alternatively someone who studies/analyses/philosophises on them.
In establishment politics political acts refer to actions between overtly participant groups (such as political parties, the government, political organisations, lobbying groups), whereas a politician tends to refer to somebody in a position within the government structure who is engaged in political actions. This can mean elected representatives or, in non-democratic states, people who engage in political actions as a part of their role within the government as chosen or designated through whichever means are used.