Thinking the Twentieth Century. TJudt & TSnyder (2013) (p. 196)
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“The Berlinian lesson most pertinent to daily political analysis and debate is the reminder that all political choices entail real and unavoidable costs. The issue is not whether or not there is a right and wrong decision to be taken, nor even whether you face a choice such that the “right” decision consists in avoiding the worst mistakes. Any decision—including any right decision—entails forgoing certain options: depriving yourself of the power to do certain things, some of which might well have been worth doing. In short, there are choices which we are right to make but which implicitly involve rejecting other choices whose virtues it would be a mistake to deny. In the real world of politics, as in most other arenas of life, all worthwhile decisions entail genuine gains and losses.”
[op. cit., p. 196]
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