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The title for this blog originated with use of the term “practical idealist” in this 1996 opinion piece, which asked: “To what kind of work should a practical idealist aspire?” A century and a half earlier, Emerson, in his 1841 essay Circles, wrote: “There are degrees in idealism.  We learn first to play with it academically. . . .  Then we see in the heyday of youth and poetry that it may be true, that it is true in gleams and fragments.  Then, its countenance waxes stern and grand, and we see that it must be true.  It now shows itself ethical and practical.”  John Dewey and Mahatma Gandhi embraced practical idealism in the 20th century, as did UN Secretary General U Thant.  Al Gore invoked it in a 1998 speech. In the context of this blog, the term is meant to convey idealism tempered but not overwhelmed by realism: a search for the ideal on a path guided by common sense.
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

New Book: “Self-Evident Truths”

September 2016 and August 2016 (August 20) posts discussed historical matters including voting and citizenship in the United States, and previewed a forthcoming book.

Now that book, Self-Evident Truths: Contesting Equal Rights from the Revolution to the Civil War, has been published.  Its author is my father, Richard D. Brown.

He is on Twitter and Medium and recently had a brief introductory piece published via Age of Revolutions.

4:47 pm edt 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

More on Refugees, Immigrants, History, Law

After a revised presidential executive order omitted Iraq from the list of Muslim-majority countries facing heightened travel restrictions, I published an amended version of an earlier commentary via Medium.

February 2017 post treated related issues.

12:17 pm edt 

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