A system of politics or principles based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations: commercial realpolitik had won the day
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- Power politics and realpolitik emphasized by realists is seen as being derived from shared knowledge which is self-fulfilling.
- They are terrified of Leninist politics, which is nothing more for them than realpolitik practised by Marxist intellectuals.
- As they see it, we improperly allow realpolitik considerations to trump the human rights imperatives.
Early 20th century: from German Realpolitik 'practical politics'.
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