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Old 04-26-2019, 01:52 PM
Qin Shi Huangdi is offline
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Originally Posted by aceplace57 View Post
The far left is just as radical and dangerous as the far right. Imho
There's no serious undercurrent of far left terrorism comparable to that of the far right since at least the 1970s.

The country needs to be governed by centrists. People that are willing to compromise on some issues and work with the other party.

That worked for most of the 20th century. There were certainly strong differences of opinion between the partys. Some issues never got resolved. But, a lot of bipartisan legislation did pass.
The more I look at it, the more I think the middle of the 20th Century (from say 1930 to 1980) was the exception not the rule in American history. The current era of hyperpartisanship is simply a revival of Gilded Age political polarization, which was similarly characterized by sharp divides often on grounds of "identity politics". The midcentury system of relative legislative productivity only worked because of the necessities of the Second World War and the Cold War. Even then, this was only accomplished due to the social ferment of the Great Depression era where labour union militancy and Communist/Socialist/Populist (Huey Long) agitation created an opening for something FDR's New Deal to seem moderate and centrist in comparison.

It's hard to define the far left. Certainly a Socialist agenda and the Green movement are part of it.
How about social democracy?

Originally Posted by aceplace57 View Post
Retired Senator Joe Lieberman is trying to mobilize the center. I can only hope his organization No Labels can make a difference.
Joe Lieberman's vision of centrism is of the same ilk as John McCain's-endless war punctured with ecstasies of praise for the reactionary Netanyahu government abroad and neoliberal paternalism (violent video games bad, big health insurance companies good) at home.
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