One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Usually with the. Any new political theory or process; specifically a form of (chiefly left-wing) politics in which individuals participate directly in the political process via their support for various issues or groups, rather than as members of a political party or through traditional political machinery (associated especially in the U.S. with Eugene McCarthy and the Democratic Party of the late 1960s).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in United States Magazine and Democratic Review. From new + politics.
new politics/ˌnjuː ˈpɒlɪtɪks/
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