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The Return of Reason: On the Political Realist’s Resurgence

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It feels as though it has been quite a while since I last contributed an article to my ongoing column about the philosophy of political realism; specifically, how and why it should be implemented in our era of rabid, bitter partisanship.

Perhaps this is because it has been some time. Nearly a month, I would say. My absence can be chalked up to two things: the first being that I am currently hard at work on laying the blueprints for an online magazine which has been green lighted for a launch sometime next year. The second revolves around my feeling that, although the new direction my column has taken seems to have earned the approval of many readers, I was not articulating my ideas clearly enough. Indeed, I was even getting completely off point at times. This has led me to initiate a reboot of sorts, which I believe will yield far greater results than its predecessor did. I will not write in terms of floating abstracts, but will instead highlight the lessons learned in history from past examples of the situation in question. I feel that this will be much more interesting for all of us, and should provoke many an interesting discussion on a plethora of people, places, and events.

In a sense, it is not easy to start over anew, especially on something which requires as much detail and attention as a series of articles which have the unfortunate tendency to take a heavy toll on my cognitive and literary abilities, not to mention my personal time. However, few things are as refreshing as a clean slate and who can resist that? Besides, it would seem that sheer emotionalism and dogmatic adherence to various ideologies have taken new footholds during my time away. Developments such as Democratic resistance to meaningful cuts in government spending and the ghastly emergence of Bachmann 2012. These and others leave me no other choice than to return to Blogcritics in an attempt (do note the word attempt) to play a role, however meaningful, in the counterrevolutionary forces against the barbarians waging a full scale war on reason, not to mention sanity, in the political arena.

These most definitely are trying times for the five of us left in the room who are Rockefeller and Eisenhower Republicans, as well as those who are in the slightly more sizable contingents of Scoop Jackson and Ed Koch Democrats. However, the air in said room housing our nation’s body politic is currently so rank that a breath, or several breaths, of fresh air are not only beneficial, but downright necessary for the wellbeing of the American public. It is common knowledge that politics are like a pendulum which swings back and forth. Over the past three years, we have been veering back to the far right, and forward to the far left with a ferocious intensity. While, short of a dictatorial regime seizing control of Capitol Hill, the pendulum’s kinetic nature can never be completely altered, perhaps we can work towards slowing its motion to a speed which will not result in its being thrown off its own hinges. This is not, orat least should not be, a lofty ambition in the least.

Stay tuned. Reason and realism are both on the move.

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  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/realist Realist

    I hope you are correct about reason and realism. I’ve had it with the alternatives.

  • Leroy

    Good article, I enjoyed it immensely.