The American Scene echoes some of my own thoughts.  Clever, but effectively Realservatism is a snarky repackaging of Oliver Wendell Holmes style pragmatism.  Of course no one argues against pragmatism in principle, but the ugly truth is that pragmatism is a difficult principle to govern with.  It is difficult enough to take each issue, analyze it empirically, then work out good policy without leaning on ideology, but it is nearly impossible to communicate this to the public.


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