Doron Rosenblum's Good Reasons for Baseless Optimism

When it comes to politics and leadership, the optimism illusion is surging, spliced with amnesia of the worst kind.

Lovers of Charles Dickens reserve a special place in their hearts for his character Wilkins Micawber from "David Copperfield." His name became a byword because of his tireless - and groundless - optimism, expressed in his belief that "something will turn up." Notwithstanding his bitter life experience, the debts he piled up, his repeated failures. To wit, "I have no doubt I shall, please...