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But in this paper I shall argue that idealists need not regard themselves as defeated in this fashion.
As such, there is a need to explicitly recognize tensions between pragmatic present-oriented reforms as suggested by left realists (such as social democratic policing, dispute resolution centers, meaningful employment for youth, and alternative sanctions) and radical, future-oriented structural changes as called for by left idealists (such as radical alternatives to capitalism, incarceration, and law enforcement as well as the amelioration of poverty, racism, sexism, and other forms of inequality exacerbated by contemporary systems of punishment).
Ward reviews the alternatives and embraces an admittedly inconclusive defense of a broadly idealist view ("dual-aspect idealism") that places mind and subjective experience at the forefront:
Allard's opening paper argues that idealists were central to a transformation of logic.
Idealists imagine a positive liberty that enables us to build together toward common objectives that fulfill and even surpass our individual goals.
My stock with such idealists has been low thanks to the doomed pounds 14bn Defence Technical College at St Athan, which this newspaper supported.
Idealists are altruistic about the way to act in the present time, credulous about future possibilities, and preoccupied with morale (as opposed to the Guardians' preoccupation with morality).
What this means is that forces challenging the writ of the state will be able to exploit the reluctance of the PML-N and its idealist allies to take a strong position against the insurgents.
So the argument over America's foreign policy is portrayed as a realist-versus-idealist showdown, though many Realpolitik types often exhibit a powerful idealistic bent, while romantically inclined idealists frequently adopt survival-of-the-fittest strategies.
Political idealists may be rightly troubled by the influence of special- interest cash.
Two recent books, Francis Fukuyama's America at the Crossroads and Paul Berman's Power and the Idealists, describe parallel progressions.
The civil rights movement gained impetus during the 1960s, despite white resistance, as a charismatic leader, Fannie Lou Hamer, was able to rally young idealists both white and Afro-American.