A Modest Proposal: Radical Centrism

Amid the battlefield that has been created for us by inviting us to bait and battle our political opponents, I fancy myself striding, gladiator-like, into a no-man’s land below the fireworks to lay down a modest proposal for the rest of us. I’m calling it Radical Centrism. Radical Centrism (RC) recognizes the humanity of all sides, ...

A Word from Our Sponsor

Mom and Dad Create the World: Intermission As I share pieces my family’s story as an avatar of the World War II generation, now is a good time for a frank truth: that my parents and their entire generation got a big assist from government. A visionary President (Roosevelt) instituted reforms driven by the collapse ...

Stories We Tell Ourselves

Okay, I’m not trying to be off-putting on my earliest posts, but the concepts of language and narrative that I explain here are central to so many of the posts that follow. So, please ignore or skim this brief detour through philosophy if you choose. I think there’s a peculiar discovery that underlies much of ...

Bol’shoy Spasibo, Comrade Putin…

Friends, Romans, Countrymen! I come not to trash Vladimir Putin but to thank him! It appears that his main purpose in interfering with our 2016 elections (and activities since), was not primarily to create policy, or even to elect a sympathetic President, but to expose and exacerbate the fault lines in our democracy, in order ...

OMG! Run for Your Lives! It’s… SOCIALISM!

Before they succeed in making "socialism" into a dirty word again let's pause for a minute and do the American thing: let's call bullsh*t... Boy, do we need an education in how governments work. Stuart Varney's viral segment on (shudder) democratic socialism and the recent Facebook meme-storm demonizing socialism is a great example of how propaganda ...

Calling Things by Their Real Names

I love a good debate. I've have many of them with friends on every side of the political spectrum. Radical Centrism — my prescription for recovering a dynamic center to US political life — is based on the notion that we should not eliminate the wildest ideas from any side of the discussion about solutions: ...

July 4, 2018 Update … Fierce Patriotism Still Needed to Defend Our Democracy

Radical Centrism Policy Papers: It's War, Nothing Less - Part 1 Republicans and Democrats to the barricades!! Our republic is under attack by hyper-partisans who would destroy our democracy to win their cause, and a narcissistic President who would use the awesome power of our democratic republic to destroy, or jail his opponents and willingly ...

Can We Talk?

“Can we talk?” was originally propounded by Joan Rivers as humorous/confidential alert, with the certainty that the answer would be “Yes.” In the context of the first age of the internet the question becomes more urgent and admits the answer might well be “No.”

Can We Just Calm Down for a Minute, and Discuss Sensible Immigration?

Radical Centrism Papers: Immigration IImmigration is a hot-wired topic. Both Democrats and Republicans  — understanding how frequently and baldly the issue has been demagogued — "play to the gallery,"  because, well, immigrants are a powerless constituency, so who gets hurt??? The not-surprising answer is that a few individuals and families get badly hurt, and that ...

Time to Deconstruct Systemic Racism?

It's time to end it.  "But how?" you plead. "Because we are blind. No, not colorblind as we had hoped, but blind to our own prejudice... How can we rise above ... our tribal selves to reclaim our humanity and move forward together as one country?" Well, there are models... Let's be honest: The notion ...

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