Quote [42] – Pragmatism vs Ideology & Principles .. Policy and Action

To say that the future will be different from the present is, to scientists, hopelessly self-evident.  I observe regretfully that in politics, however, it can be heresy.  It can be denounced as radicalism or branded as subversion.  There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks.  They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. Make gentle the life of the world
Wise policy is setting priorities – differentiating between that which is merely important and that which is truly essential.  And it would be both callous and self-indulgent for those of us who sit comfortably at home to form policy without full knowledge and consciousness of the costs to others, young men and women and children, whose lives turn on the abstractions of our discussion. Make gentle the life of the world
“The weaknesses of your plan lie, so it seems to me, in the sphere of psychology, or rather in your neglect of it.  It is no accident that capitalism has brought with it progress not merely in production but also in knowledge.  Egoism and competition are, alas, stronger forces than public spirit and sense of duty.  In Russia, they say, it is impossible to get a decant piece of bread.  Perhaps I am over-pessimistic concerning State and other forms of communal enterprise, but I expect little good from them.  Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work.  I have seen and experienced too many dreadful warnings, even in comparatively model Switzerland.” The world as I see it
“I am inclined to the view that the state can only be of real use to industry as a limiting and regulative force.  It must see to it that competition among the workers is kept within healthy limits, that all children are given a change to develop soundly, and that wages are high enough for the goods produced to be consumed.  But it can exert a decisive influence through it regulative function if – – and there again you are right – – its measures are framed in an objective spirit by independent experts.” The world as I see it
“Politics is the pursuit of the possible, not the ideal” – Herbert Make gentle the life of the world
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