Believers in or followers of some grandiose vision, usually
ideological. Alternatively: believers in philosophical
There have been many idealists of many faiths and of many
political convictions, since there seems to be
an innate human tendency to wish to do what counts as
good in groups, which also
gives such activists the feeling that they are good, since all the people they
socialize with share their ideals and want the same, or at least pretend they
As a rule, idealists are the dupes or tools of political or religious leaders,
and as a rule the greatest harm human beings are capable of is done on the
basis of the noblest reasons.
And other names for 'idealists' are: 'enthusiasts' or 'fanatics'. The only
known way not to be a fanatic is to think individually for oneself or not to
be a follower at all.