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Realism, in politics, analyses situations in term of the interests the major actors serve, and whether they have the means to realize those interests. A degree of self interest is assumed and not considered pejorative.  Indeed those who claim to be acting entirely altruistically are treated with a degree of suspicion. (Who are they really working for?).

As in any battle, the first rule is to survive to fight another day if at all possible. The second rule is to avoid battles you know you are going to lose.  In realism, there are no moral victors. Only stupid losers. And the really stupid ones make things even worse for their own side.  In realism you start from what you have and seek to build on that.  Any improvement is a win even if it falls far short of what you intended or wished for, provided it doesn't preclude the possibility of renewing the fight on another day.

JFK famously said: "The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by sceptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were and ask "why not?".  The job of a progressive is to put new ideas onto the mainstream agenda. Sanders has succeeded in putting rising income inequality onto the mainstream political agenda.  The question now is who can most effectively reduce it. My suggestion is that if the Democratic party and anybody who seeks to lead it fails to address that issue effectively, they will lose their electoral relevance. But that means they need to win both houses of Congress.

Lose that battle, and the Democrats are toast, because Republicans don't need to win that battle, their support is anchored to maintaining inequality, and so far, they have succeeded admirably in doing so.

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