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Election: Reasons to be cheerful

  • May 13, 2015
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Optimism of the will and pessimism of the intellect isn’t always the best response to political defeats or reversals.   The refusal to accept adverse circumstances and setbacks might be admirable in some contexts, but it can also indicate a confusion between what is desirable and what is possible, and a kind of blind faith...

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