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The Liberal-Conservative-Socialist Case for Bernie Sanders
"Liberalism has become decadent, and conservatism has become particularly vile. The only option for anyone who cares about freedom and decency is to get behind the socialist."
liberalism  decadence  centrism 
29 days ago by tsuomela
The left’s gone left but the right’s gone nuts: Asymmetrical polarization in action | Grist
My theory is that centrism is a powerful psychological and social temptation, even in the absence of d-bag pundits pushing No Labels. Like I’ve often said, I think of centrism not so much as an ideology — how could it be ideology when it’s defined in relation to two moving targets? — as a temperament, a cultural identity.
politics  partisanship  polarization  bipartisanship  centrism  ideology  republicans  democrats  division  conflict 
july 2012 by tsuomela
On the quest to keep politics out of climate science | Grist
One problem is that the people pleading for a depoliticization of science tend to be characterological centrists (CCs). A CC is, by temperament, attached to his/her self-image as an independent thinker, thoughtful and nuanced, seeing both sides of the argument, not part of any team or "side," disgusted by unthinking partisans. CCs are strongly inclined to see political problems in terms of "extremes on both sides" polarizing and dumbing down the debate....
There's nothing wrong with such a temperament, of course. It's well-suited to the careful work of science or scholarship, where getting from thesis and antithesis to synthesis is in fact a deliberative intellectual process. Politics, however, isn't like that, "marketplace of ideas" fantasies aside. It's not about determining who's right, or who's cleverest; it's about determining the distribution of society's resources, privileges, and responsibilities. It's about power.
politics  climate  global-warming  power  moderation  philosophy  controversy  environment  political-science  centrism 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Who's Calling Who Crazy? Centrist/Extremist Theory & The Marginalizaiton of The American Majority
More on Richard Hofstadter and other mid-20c historians who marginalized extremism on both sides of the political center in favor of corporate centrism.
marginal  extremism  centrism  history  ideology  populism  1h20c  hofstadter  richard  politics 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Obama Should Act Like He Won - WSJ.com
Centrism is a chump's game. Democrats have massive majorities these days not because they waffle hither and yon but because their historic principles have been vindicated by events. This is their moment. Let the other side do the triangulating.
politics  obama  centrism  bipartisanship  slogans  rhetoric  cliche  triangulation 
january 2009 by tsuomela

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