Tuesday, February 07, 2006


With so little time right now, I plagarize.

With his usual eloquent and incisive clarity, Tutakai knocks one out of the park.

When I argue that moderates' unique contribution is a pragmatist willingness to resist dogmatism and adopt good ideas from both left and right, I'm suggesting that such willingness is necessary to prevent a complete takeover of politics by dogma-driven iconoclasm. Critics from left and right are often wont to condemn moderate politics as unprincipled for the simple reason that they confuse dogma with principles. Critical skepticism is a principle. Pragmatism is a principle. Intellectual rigor is a principle. And, in the end, seeking a difficult sythesis between left and right is a princpled activity.

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