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The political virtues were listed by Bernard Crick "In Defense of Politics", 1982. They included but were not limited to: Bernard Crick (born 16 December 1929) is a political theorist whose views are often summarised as politics is ethics done in public. He seeks to arrive at a politics of action, as opposed to a politics of thought or of ideology. ... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • prudence,
  • conciliation,
  • compromise,
  • variety,
  • adaptability, and
  • liveliness.

These democratic values he saw as alternatives to ideology or any "absolute-sounding ethic". An ideology is a collection of ideas. ... Ethics is a general term for what is often described as the science (study) of morality. In philosophy, ethical behavior is that which is good or right. ...

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