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facing facts or difficulties realistically and with determination

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This tendency severs the idea of commitment to principle from the need to make realistic assessments of the options that exist in the fluid here-and-now; to analyze tough-mindedly our strengths and weaknesses; to think seriously and instrumentally about how to build a constituency within a social base (to "unite the many to defeat the few," for those nostalgic for old slogans).
We need to think tough-mindedly and concretely about political strategy under these truly frightening conditions.