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Tag: Idealism

Americans Go Through ‘Rapid Cycles of Extreme Cynicism and Idealism,’ NPR Interviews Find

In this election year, the media’s influence also emerged as a principal theme in conversations with three generations of voters about how national events shaped their political views.

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VIDEO: Why Idealism Isn’t Just for Dreamers

In today’s political world, idealism is seen as the enemy of realism and getting things done. But, British journalist Gary Younge argues, idealism is absolutely necessary for society to continue progressing into the world we want to see. It’s what makes things that seem impossible today the reality of the future.

Posted on Sep 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

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Aaron Swartz’s Idealism

A sensitive, personal and varied account of Aaron Swartz’s life, filled with excerpts from his blog and statements made by friends and family, offers more insight into the personality of the 26-year-old programmer and political activist who killed himself under pressure from federal prosecutors earlier this year.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 READ MORE

Immigrants’ Dream

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 ENLARGE

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Idealism in Short Supply

President Obama has called on Americans to volunteer in their communities, but the economic meltdown makes civilian service a tough sell. In this interview, Russ Finkelstein, associate director of, argues that “we all have something to give,” even those of us without much time and money.

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 READ MORE

Inching Toward Authoritarianism

A legendary South African journalist calls himself “appalled” at the way America’s policies of wiretapping and torture are beginning to resemble those of apartheid Cape Town. (Video available.)

Posted on Feb 24, 2006 READ MORE

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