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David Brooks Demands A Safe Space For Wealthy Centrist Newspaper Columnists

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.01.2016 | Politics

In the wake of the presidential election, it was always going to fall to either David Brooks or Thomas Friedman to fill The New York Times op-ed pages...

Centrism Is Out; Anti-Establishment Populism Is In

Paul Vale | Posted 08.06.2016 | Entertainment
Paul Vale

The move away from conventional politics doesn't represent a shift by the electorate towards political extremism, rather a growing frustration at the ruling political class. As Trump said recently, people are tired of "incompetent politicians." The political class may scoff, but it's Trump leading the polls.

More Evidence That 'Centrist' Solutions Can't Save Us

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We have become a profoundly unequal society. Unless we can build momentum for a new political agenda, we'll be divided into a small minority with fabulous wealth and a permanent underclass with few hopes or prospects. Unfortunately, our mainstream political dialogue shows no sign of adapting to these realities.

Will the Real Education Reformer Please Stand Up?

Jessica Levin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Jessica Levin

Ever pragmatists, this generation has been willing to consider any approach -- public, private, for-profit -- if it might dramatically improve the life outcomes of poor and minority children.

Think Again: The Nonexistent 'Center' Folds

Eric Alterman | Posted 10.01.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

The notion of "the center" has grown to be ridiculous. Today, while the Democratic Party has a liberal and a not-so-liberal wing, the Republicans have only hard-line and almost-as-hard-line conservatives.

A Four-party System for the U.S.

Alan Krinsky | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Alan Krinsky

What we ought to do is scrap this system and replace it with one consisting of four major parties. Even this will not cover all Americans, but it will certainly encompass more of us and within a more rational framework. For what might these four major parties stand?

The Mysterious World of DC Centrism vs. a Platform That Real Voters Would Like

Mike Lux | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

D.C. Centrism embraces what the political establishment, especially including the big special interests who tend to control this town, thinks is right, even when the vast majority of Americans are opposed to it.

Tomorrow's Presidential Budget: Questions of Judgment?

David Coates | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
David Coates

We are told that Obama's budget will trade "modest entitlement savings" for immediate tax hikes on the corporate rich. If that is so, the trade that will be proposed tomorrow will reflect poor judgment -- poor moral judgment, poor economic judgment and poor political judgment.

Radical Centrism Now

David Israel | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
David Israel

The only way forward, the only way out of this morass is to drive madly, insanely, way past the red line on the tachometer, right down the middle of highway. It's the only way forward on guns. It's the only way forward on the fiscal cliff nonsense. It's the only way forward, period.

Hillary: The Next FDR

Brent Budowsky | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

It is time to resume discussion about the possibility of a political realignment that would make Democrats the leading national political party for a generation.

The Hoax of Political Centrism

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

It's only because we continue to regard our politics through that horizontal continuum that those who occupy the top rung of the vertical axis, people like Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, can pretend that they reside in "the middle." In reality, the top is not the middle. It's the top.

Jason Linkins

Late Returns: A Supreme Court Strikedown Of Health Care Reform Would Not Be A Boon To Obama | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics

Because political discussion is primarily forged in the flames of a pointlessly crazy news cycle, by a profoundly decadent set of pundits farting into...

Primary Defeats Spotlight Disappearing Center in American Politics

Rob Richie | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

Clearly winner-take-all amplifies partisanship and polarization in Congress; it is therefore antagonistic toward the goal of achieving a more collaborative and collegial legislature.

The Delusion of a Radical Center

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

A well-funded, faux-reformist group known as Americans Elect is promoting a third party presidential candidacy and anticipates qualifying its candidate to be on the ballot in nearly all states.

Wanna See a Real Ass Kicking (Itself)? Read the Dems' "Super Committee" Proposal

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The system's seriously broken when unelected super-legislators from both parties keep trying to top each other in proposing inhumane and unpopular programs.

Occupy Wall Street Speaks for America: A "Centrist" Hit Job's Polling Data Helps Prove It

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Thanks to a hit piece by one of those Beltway pseudo-"bipartisans" we can now state conclusively what many of us have long suspected: Occupy Wall Street speaks for the American majority. We've got the polling numbers to prove it. We now know where the real center lies.

The Dangers of Obama's Centrism

David Coates | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
David Coates

With Republican intransigence on the tax side of the current budget equation now losing the Party support -- including from major business interests -- this is not the time to offer yet more concessions to a bankrupt philosophy.

The "Obama's Brilliant Strategy" Theory

Marty Kaplan | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

People who voted for Obama can banish their blues by believing that he actually has an awesome super-secret strategy going on. Here are three such theories.

Draft Moderate Manifesto Part 1

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

In election after election, the same opportunity remains unrealized -- the possibility that either extreme could unite with the center to exclude the most extreme policies of the other.

The "New Centrism" and Its Discontents

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

Using conservative language activates the conservative view. A new centrism that makes sense ought to be one that unifies progressives under a single moral system centered on empathy.

Amanda Terkel

Gabrielle Giffords Wrote Calling For 'Centrism And Moderation' On Eve Of Shooting | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the eve of the shooting that left her critically injured, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) wrote an email to Kentucky Secretary of S...

Jason Linkins

Is The 'No Labels' Movement Secretly Brilliant? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The recently-launched "No Labels" movement consists of of rich patricians who'd like the rabble to quiet down about their problems and feel the wonderful, numbing effects of David Gergen's voice.

What "Center?"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Any pundit who advises Obama to "move to the center" must be required to define exactly what he or she means by "center." The political "center" of American politics is a moving target.

A President's Choice: Resist Wall Street's 'Shock Doctrine' or Keep Listening to the Usual Suspects

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

To win elections Democrats need to get the economy moving, and you can't do that in a "centrist" way. They should compromise when they must, but this time they need to make it clear that they are compromising.

Primary Victory Over Conventional Wisdom

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats had better relish their victory in PA 12 while they can, because this weekend a special election in Hawaii is likely to elect a Republican in a very Democratic district.