Christian discussion of Radical Centrism –2009

A very intelligent take, or at least one that mirrors my own. :-)
from the site : Jesus Creed

January 9, 2009

Third Way as the Radical Center

Adam Hamilton’s Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics is a perfect blog book. I would love to see a host of evangelical churches using this book for group studies and discussions. It will surely bring out how it is that many think about various topics; it will also reveal what folks think.

What Hamilton makes clear to me is that the Third Way is not the way of compromise; instead, it is the way working out a Christian view of things regardless of which “party” prefers that option. It is a refusal to be an ideologue, a refusal to say “liberal is always right” or “conservative is always right.”

Do you think the middle is expanding? Do you see a trend for those on the right to move to the middle? Is a radical center attractive to you? Both politically and theologically? Overall, what do you think of this book?
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Radical Centrist Politics from Pragmatic Necessity –in Israel

A very nice reply to DRB’s question about what the alternative to capitalism and socialism (“capilism” – nice, Chris!) would look like.

There is no need, however, for Israel to wait on the PM’s panel. The process of reform can be undertaken immediately, and on a non-partisan basis. At this very moment, a viable right-left social justice bloc already exists in the Knesset. It would be composed of the major opposition parties Kadima and Labor, along with large sections of the Likud and the religious parties.

 

Because of their small size and multi-party system, Israel would have a much easier time forming a Radical Centrist political movement than most other countries.  But who will step up and make it happen? Read the rest of this entry »


Radical Centrist Economics

Progressive Policy Institute.

Fiscal Reform From the Radical Center

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/will-marshall/fiscal-reform-from-the-ra_b_769532.html

October 20, 2010

Will Marshall

 

It’s crazy, I know, but imagine that U.S. political leaders after the midterm election called a truce in the partisan tong wars to work out a compromise solution to the nation’s fiscal dilemmas. The result would probably look a lot like a new fiscal reform blueprinted rawn up by two canny policy veterans, Bill Galston and Maya MacGuineas.

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Americans Elect launches centrist third-party bid amid Washington dysfunction – CSMonitor.com

Best analysis and summary I’ve seen to date.  I agree with them about both the promise and the peril. A positive transformation of federal politics is very unlikely, but why not hope for the best?

Americans Elect, which is inviting the public to a virtual primary, faces daunting hurdles. But dissatisfaction with the partisan gridlock in Washington creates a favorable political climate.

Atlanta

With the dysfunction of Washington on full display as the nation inches toward defaulting on its debt, a coalition of American centrists has launched a bold gambit to nominate a third-party ticket for the 2012 presidential election.

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