I liked to think of myself as both a pragmatist and an idealist. All else equal, ideas that are easily enacted are preferable to those that would require more work, but there’s still an important conversation to be had about ideas that aren’t as easily implemented.
Jim Manzi makes an interesting point, blurring the lines between viable and non-viable:
If you think about it, any real solution to the federal deficit problem is currently politically impossible, yet we know mathematically that, barring a productivity miracle, the situation cannot persist indefinitely. Therefore, we know that some change that currently seems politically impossible is all-but-certain to happen sooner or later.