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Irelia20150604

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Chinese
The quotation comes from The Lonely Crusade of China’s Human Rights Lawyers

Quotation: The movement scored notable victories. Rights lawyers helped draw national media attention to scandals involving tainted milk and vaccines, illegal land seizures and police brutality. But pragmatism was never their primary aim. To the new generation of lawyers, rights-defending was ‘‘a strict moral obligation toward the victims of abuses, as well as toward human society and toward oneself, ’’ Pils wrote in a legal journal in 2006.
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Hi everyone! How to understand "pragmatism " in this context?
 
  • se16teddy

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    English - England
    Specific practical problems like poisoned milk, police beating people up, poisoned vaccines, and theft of land, are concrete, pragmatic. Constitutional reform in relation to human rights such as free speech feels more theoretical, intangible, ethereal, philosophical.
     
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