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Pragmatism

Values rather than ideology

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 10.10.2016 | Politics
Dagfinn Høybråten

"There is a group of countries which have done remarkably well in the face of the challenges to our modern, democratic societies. Their search for ide...

What Should Replace the Republican Party?

John C. Wathey | Posted 09.25.2016 | Politics
John C. Wathey

A Party Lobotomized Once the venerable party of Lincoln, the Republicans split off from the Whigs in 1854 to oppose slavery, and for a century sto...

X-Men: Apocalypse and the Vital Conflict of Multiple Norms

Nathan Fredrickson | Posted 05.27.2016 | Religion
Nathan Fredrickson

X-Men: Apocalypse came out this week just as Captain America: Civil War is leaving the theaters, and both share the basic premise that the good gods m...

The Pragmatic Impacts of Sanders' Big Dreams

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

The race for the Democratic presidential nomination has pitted a dreamer against a realist, right? Bernie Sanders is the unrealistic one, and Hillary Clinton, the pragmatist, is the candidate who can get things done.

Scalia: The Passing of a Liberal Provocateur, a Moment for Pragmatism

Adam Sulkowski | Posted 02.14.2017 | Politics
Adam Sulkowski

Now is the time for traditional American pragmatism, not ideology, from whomever is nominated and confirmed as a replacement. The new SCOTUS justice will help decide the safety of the air we breathe, among other weighty cases affecting generations to come.

How the Gospel of Pragmatism Undermines Education Improvement

Arthur Camins | Posted 02.07.2017 | Education
Arthur Camins

We need improvements in K-12 education. Too few students learn the critical thinking skills they need for successful life, work and citizenship. The...

Democratic Ideals Versus Realpolitik, a Populist Struggle for All Times

Matt Jordan | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics
Matt Jordan

That the establishment would fight back against an insurgent populist is no surprise. Indeed, many progressives are reading this as a good thing, a sign that their candidate is authentic. Crowds at Sanders' events continue to grow and Monday in Iowa, despite an unprecedented cold shoulder from the party leadership, he beat expectations.

Pragmatism in Pursuit of What?

Brad Miller | Posted 01.28.2017 | Politics
Brad Miller

Pragmatism can be a legitimate reason to compromise, to accept incremental progress that falls short of an unachievable ideal. It can also be a pretext to defeat achievable reforms without an honest debate.

Debate Advice for Hillary and Bernie

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Those who did manage to catch it saw a much more high-spirited contest between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton than we've previously seen.

Adopt These 3 Traits for a Positive Mindset

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 10.12.2016 | Impact
Lisa Abeyta

With almost eighty million results to sift through, it is possible to find advice or information on just about anything and everything. But, in reality, the biggest determining factor in achieving success cannot be found on a website, in a book or in advice personally shared from the best of mentors.

We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

A War Waged on Humanity

Antoinette Brock | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Antoinette Brock

"There are no winners in war and the only right side to take is the one where humanity stands." -- Kenneth Nguyen The war waged against black boys ...

Sincere, but Ideological: Judges Can Be Partisan, Even if Not Consciously Biased

Peter M. Shane | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

It is honorable no doubt to defend federal judges against the charge that they are merely "partisan hacks." But there is no doubt that lawyers expect party ideology to affect those judges' rulings and that they are wise to do so.

Finding Wisdom in a Fractured World

Harold Lloyd | Posted 03.04.2016 | Impact
Harold Lloyd

The wise person understands why we run from questions that we might not be able to answer, and why we wrongly avoid other obstacles or risks that we should face. Our default emotions have evolved to lament loss more than to celebrate gain.

With the Fixed Presence of the Military, It's Time to Focus More on Grassroots, Community-Based Restorative Justice Initiatives in Egypt

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

When top-down "solutions" from the Egyptian government, military, or state police seem out of reach or otherwise too fickle to rely on, making space for a community to band together and take matters into their own hands through grassroots restorative justice initiatives is a far more reliable.

A One Year BA? Perhaps

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.17.2014 | College
Jonathan Haber

Note: A version of the following piece appeared at my Degree of Freedom website upon the completion of my One Year BA project. Before explaining why ...

Richard Posner tackles complexity

Robert Teitelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Has a nation ever been more tightly connected, more endlessly chatty, and more generally baffled? We bathe in verbiage - oral and written, emailed, bl...

Expectations and Reality in Egypt: A Time for Authentic Pragmatism

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 09.07.2013 | Home
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

Since I conduct research on peace and conflict in Egypt and have barely been able to peel myself away from the coverage of ongoing events, I get a lot of questions on my views of what's transpired recently.

8 Problems That Startups Are Lucky to Have

Chad Hagan | Posted 06.19.2013 | Business
Chad Hagan

All businesses face challenges in the beginning, but here are some "problems" facing startup entrepreneurs that might not be so bad after all.

Diverging Bases: The Case Against the Metric System

Lila Nordstrom | Posted 05.21.2013 | Science
Lila Nordstrom

In the same way that the foot was obviously invented by a potentially vain, math-hating medieval person, the meter was clearly invented by an anti-social mathematician.

Get Smart! Cultivate Interdependence!

Michael Roth | Posted 01.15.2013 | College
Michael Roth

The goal of inquiry isn't Truth with a capital "T;" it is more inquiry. The goal of liberal learning is more learning. We hold onto our "plasticity" by holding onto our ability to be affected by others -- to learn from experience in context.

Review of Romano's America the Philosophical

Michael Roth | Posted 07.29.2012 | College
Michael Roth

Romano does offer a series of often intelligent reflections on a diverse group of American writers. That doesn't make his work or our country philosophical, but it does remind us of books we might turn to as we continue our conversations.

Jane Addams, Education and the 'Snare of Preparation'

Michael Roth | Posted 09.10.2012 | College
Michael Roth

Liberal education today should prepare students for life, and many colleges have been increasingly focused on doing a better job of helping them transition from campus to life after graduation.

My Struggles With Anti-Intellectualism

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.08.2012 | College
Paul Stoller

"Can do" pragmatism was the fuel of America prosperity. But that pragmatism was reinforced with an abiding respect for knowledge and critical thinking. It's hard to do anything in a place devoid of new ideas, a place where dreamers are discouraged from dreaming.

1937, 2011: Déjà Vu All Over Again -- Stimulus Wanes, Unemployment Increases

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

One of the reasons the U.S. economy did so well in the last half of the 20th century is that we ignored ideology in favor of pragmatism. That is no longer true. Ideology has again become fashionable. And, we are paying for it, dearly.