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It’s rare that we even use the term “statesman” these days unless we’re being fully ironic. But in living memory, there were men that we could easily refer to as “statesmen” regardless of our view of their policies or underlying philosophy. Political figures like Dwight D. Eisenhower or John F. Kennedy come to mind as examples of statesmanship.
A politician, on the other hand, is a far more common phenomenon and one that we are all too familiar with. There is no need to specifically call out an individual politician — though we will later. But you certainly have your own favorite examples of career politicians, men whose calling is not to country, or even to party, but to advancing their own interests on the public dime.
What is a statesman? How does a statesman contrast from a politician? And, ultimately, why does the difference matter?
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