Tag Archives: Liberalism

Centrism: ‘anti-ideology’

Mike Konczal could have written this piece in 2011 but being Cassandra is a drag: Centrists position themselves as anti-ideology, representing a responsible compromise between liberals and conservatives. The word conjures sobriety and restraint, caution and moderation—all of which sound … Continue reading

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Losing the (third) way

Matt Taibbi comes up with the best definition of triangulation to date: “beating up on the ideologues within your own party in order to shore up your centrist cred and reassure your money sources.” Also known as a Sister Souljah … Continue reading

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‘We invite you to luxuriate in secrecy’

On the centenary of Orson Welles’ birth, I thought it appropriate to mention the least heralded part of his career: the political activist, columnist, and radio personality whose liberalism, according to a new biography, drove him out of an increasingly … Continue reading

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The differences are the differences

So, uh, please note the difference between HRC and Bernie Sanders’ donors: The most notable difference is the Vermont senator’s reliance on the old FDR coalition: unions like the UAW, the Teamsters, and United Steelworkers. It’s Walter Mondale running against … Continue reading

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Reclaiming the left

The political terrain since Teflon Ron and heir Bill Clinton has shifted rightwards so gradually that what once seemed bedrock Democratic philosophy looks like lunacy through the Coke bottle lens of the Beltway commentariat. Actually, I’ve heard little chatter about … Continue reading

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Keeping agencies incompetent

No wonder the GOP has been so successful in making people hate the IRS! Five years of budget cuts by Congress have left the agency so cash-strapped that Commissioner John Koskinen doesn’t bother sugarcoating the state of customer service. “It’s … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Warren for Senate ’16

Elizabeth Warren is wonderful, and at the moment I don’t want her anywhere but in the Senate. To run for president means soliciting money from the people whom she’s opposed; it means thinking like them. Little by little her distinction … Continue reading

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