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Old 04-26-2019, 06:29 PM
kaylasdad99 is offline
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Originally Posted by Qin Shi Huangdi View Post
There's no serious undercurrent of far left terrorism comparable to that of the far right since at least the 1970s.

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.

How about social democracy?

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.
[Off-topic] Qin! Long time, no hear from, kid! How did you fare at Brandeis? [/off-topic]