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Practically Idealistic blog
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, December 31, 2016

A Year of Medium

The website Medium, to which I've been contributing occasionally, continues to grow.

Channels for the Huffington Post and Sports Illustrated (the Cauldron) have published or recommended a couple of pieces.

2:45 pm est 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

"On the Media"


The WNYC radio program “On the Media” has been as timely as ever in recent weeks, addressing issues including the integrity of elections, and truth vs. fiction in the news and via social media.

12:19 pm est 

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