Realist Utopia

Political realism is also a utopia, one with a lot of blood on its hands.
Jacques Rancière

Ideal Realism

We must make our what ought-to-be from our achievements rather than from our failures.
Roscoe Pound

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Open Beginnings

Politics is the site of contestation, so it should never begin with conclusions.
Hannah Arendt

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Fertile Demos

Democratic eras are periods of experiment, innovation, and adventure.
De Tocqueville

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Democratic Necessity

Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
Reinhold Niebuhr

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