On Political Idealism in Our Time

Most of my friends on the left are idealists. They believe that if they support and elect the right people, we will have a just, egalitarian, and ecologically sound society. They have purity tests to decide on acceptable candidates. They blame the Democrats for being weak, or for being too corporate. They either think they can win at electoral politics merely by voting, or they think that the current system of global capitalism will be overthrown in a glorious revolution.

They can’t see that no matter whom they elect, none of those things will come to pass. The purist of…