The point of this Blog was to appeal to centrist politics, making a case that the center has shifted so far to the right, it really doesn’t exist anymore.
I’m not a fan of the far left; however, without a strong left, firmly planted and represented – we will never be able to establish where the Center is.
E. J. Dionne’s editorial in this morning’s Washington Post is an excellent description of the problem.
In case you don’t wish to click the link, here’s the issue in a nutshell:
‘The basic difficulty arises from a false equivalence they make between our current “left” and our current “right.” The truth is that the American right is much farther from anything that can fairly be described as “the center” than is the left.
‘Indeed, there is no far left to speak of anymore. Even among socialists – I’m talking about real ones – almost all now acknowledge the benefits of markets, no longer propose state ownership of the means of production, and accept the inevitability of inequalities in wealth and income. What they oppose is the rise of extreme inequalities that are antithetical to both a healthy democracy and a healthy market economy.
‘In the meantime, large parts of the right have moved to positions that Ronald Reagan didn’t dare take, or abandoned in the name of realism: voucherizing Medicare, partially privatizing Social Security, insisting that the New Deal represented an unconstitutional power grab, and eviscerating inheritance taxes and progressive income taxes.’