Political Freedom

When it is forgotten that the first word of political reason is the recognition of the contingency of the political order, every absurdity proves rational.

Jacques Rancière

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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