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, ...

Welcome to Your Front Row Seats at the Apocalypse!

"May you live in interesting times," they say... Well, we do. But it seems we are pitifully powerless to affect the change hurtling toward us. We feel less like the hero in the arena, and more like we just bought front row seats at the Apocalypse! This is a blog for everyone who's interested in ...

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 ...

Saving the Republic: Choosing and Winning Our Battles

Radical Centrism Papers: It's War. No Less - Part 2 See my Fierce Patriotism  post from last week for the introduction this three part blog series. The concluding post in the series is scheduled for the end of this week and is called We Have Met The Enemy, and He Is Us. It will be a reflection on how each ...

Fierce Patriotism Needed NOW 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. They would destroy, jail or kill their opponents and willingly succumb to — and actively enforce —authoritarianism or fascism if they were ...

What Does Morality Even Mean Anymore?

Radical Centrism Papers: 2Doesn’t it seem like our nation used to have a true moral compass? That the gathered mass of our people had a more common sense of purpose and destiny? The nation had fewer laws, but it brought individual values into political and business decisions — the quiet web of morals and manners ...

Open for (Small) Business

Radical Centrism Policy Papers 1 I start these ramblings with a critique of the way the left and the right view American business: both appear to see business activity as a monolithic economic function. What this perspective misses are the vast differences between small business and large corporations. These are not — in effect and ...

What the Russians Did Very Well

Above: Just one of the many Russian fake news stories (this one about a pedophile sex ring involved with the Clintons and run out of a pizza shop in Washington D.C.) that found traction on social media, including being reposted by many of my neighbors!  The story of what the Russians actually accomplished in the 2016 ...

Takers and Makers? Our Readers Respond…

We are especially grateful when our readers and followers take the time and effort to thoroughly respond to our various posts.  One of my fervent hopes is that, even with politics as they are, in this space we can engage in passionate, but respectful, exchange of ideas. So I'd like to post a recent exchange ...

A Lesson in Citizenship and Politics

  https://youtu.be/M7M4iB_d690 This is a worthy perspective from someone who has suffered greatly under the authoritarian regime of Vladmir Putin in Russia. Interviewing with Lawrence O'Donnell, Nadia Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot makes comparisons with Trump’s urges toward discrediting the media to what she experienced in Russia as Putin was taking the first steps in building his ...

Boomerville, USA

Mom and Dad Create the World, Part III My experience growing up was like a lot of kids, I suppose.  Though I don’t remember it, my first home after the Arkansas home of my mother’s parents, was in Selah, a small suburb of Yakima, Washington. With my parents and my older brother, we had arrived ...

Guys, It’s Not Trump! It’s the GOP

Above: The Georgia race — John Ossoff and the Elephant-in-the-Room Memos to Demos I: OK, it's been a year.  Democratic candidates have now focused their hopes on tying Trump as the bogeyman to the local candidate in each of five elections. They lost them all. They are doing the same in the Virginia governor's contest that, ...

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