Pessimism..or Realistic Optimism?

Pat has a post discussing the idea of John Derbyshire that the only way Conservatives will succeed is to expect failure 😉 -Well, what to make of this? Is it a good idea? A bad one? I tend to think that outlook does not matter all that much-but Derbyshire seems to be offering a choice between failing utopianism and bitter cynicism. What about realistic optimism? The recognition that the world cannot be made “perfect” but that it is better to think positive than negative? The belief that failures such as The Department of Education should be abandoned, but that thinks that the world is a (mostly) decent place that will get better?

“For myself, I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else.” ~Winston Churchill

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