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Single Idea 22258

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 7. Changing the State / c. Revolution]

Full Idea

Progress demands passions that cannot last for long.

Gist of Idea

Passion for progress is always short-lived


Michael J. Sandel (Beyond Individualism [1988], p.35)

Book Reference

Sandel,Michael J.: 'Public Philosophy: Essays' [Harvard 2005], p.35

A Reaction

The obvious example, for me, is the Labour Government in the UK, 1945-51. This is the kind of realism which progressive politicians must face up to. Unfortunately it is the logic of very ruthless revolutionaries.