March 5, 2011
on the politics of civil non-cooperation
civ·i·lize /ˈsivəˌlīz/ verb
civ·i·lized, civ·i·liz·ing, civ·i·liz·es
1. To raise from barbarism to an enlightened stage of development; bring out of a primitive or savage state.
2. To educate in matters of culture and refinement; make more polished or sophisticated.
(from the Merriam–Webster's Collegiate Dictionary)
Related words: colonize (or colonization)
The term, which is derived from the Latin colere, "to cultivate, frequent, practice, tend, guard," originally related to humans.
(from the Wikipedia)
Civitas has common roots with the Latin words for "civis" meaning citizen and "civilitas" meaning the conduct and behavior expected of a good citizen. Civitas is now a perfectly good but seldom used word, with two related meanings: (1) It means a political community or government, especially as found in a republic, and (2) it means the kind of citizenship a republic requires.
(from the Hanna Collection on the Role of Education; Hoover Institution, Stanford University)