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A Primer to Political Realism

October 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Considering that this is the internet, most of my friends tend to lean left in terms of their politics. So, perhaps somewhat understandably but also kind of frustratingly, they react badly towards the terms “political realism” and “realpolitik”, partly because they seem to be such a relic of the Cold War, where there was a very us-or-them mentality of paranoia, but also because it gets a lot of bad press on the media. And why wouldn’t it? After all, films and television series generally prefer to have unambiguously good heroes who do the “right thing” at the very end. Of course, what the “right thing” is is something that’s a little debatable, but I digress; this is a primer to political realism. Time to set the record straight. Read more…

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