This diary was prompted by the debate that circulated here around Senator Obama’s vote on telecomm immunity in the FISA bill, especially in Keith Olbermann’s diary of 6/26, and thereafter. Olbermann’s rationalization was that Obama’s vote was a pragmatic move to attain power for the greater good. The debate about Obama’s vote culminated in a defense of “purity trolls” (as such) in a diary listed here: “I’m calling out purity trolls by name,” incl. the Founding Fathers. Since this “pragmatic” justification is endemic in politics today, I think it behooves us to examine it, and to specify and explain a “bad pragmatism” that comes of the uncritical acceptance of social “reality”. I will also specify an antidote to “bad pragmatism,” in the concept of utopian dreaming.
(crossposted from Big Orange)