Matt Miller – A case for ‘radical centrism’ (Washington Post)

Matt Miller nails the issue right on the head. A brilliant analysis.

… our entire system conspires to ban the expression of a practical synthesis of the best of “liberal,” “conservative” and more eclectic views.

… the deeper vacuum comes not from liberal or conservative ideology per se, but from the interest groups and campaign funders that help each side seek power.

The crisis in the way we think about our collective challenges, in other words, is inseparable from the economic stake many groups have in policies that are obstacles to addressing them.

The challenge is to build a new creed and a new coalition that can move us past the inability of left and right to tackle our real problems.


Toward a Radical Christian Center

Kudos to Steve Monsma for taking on the sacred cows of right-wing Christendom to plead for a new radical center:

This leads me to plead for a radical Christian center.  Centrism may appear to be wishy-washy and undecided or so apathetic that one refuses to take sides.  But a radical Christian center is far from being either.  It is radical in that it goes to the root of today’s political issues, asking basic questions of purpose, value, and worth.  It puts the common good ahead of partisan advantage and narrow special interests.  If you don’t think that is radical, you haven’t been paying much attention to this fall’s partisan election campaigns

Dee Hock on Noise, Data, Information, Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom

[Originally posted on March 13, 2006]
Linda Stone is perhaps most famous for coining the phrases “continuous partial attention” and “committed full-attention focus is the next aphrodisiac.” However, I’m especially grateful for her (hat tip to Nat on O’Reilly) pointing me to Dee Hock’s definitions of how information evolves:

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How to write an Effective Political Platform

[The following article from Centroids was solicited by PetitionSpot, apparently because they were impressed by my petition to Elect Jon Stewart].
Inspired by what I considered excessive solutions, I thought I should actually write down what I think a good, actionable Platform would look like. Or, more precisely what we’d need to do in order to do the job effectively in the context of the Unity08 movement.

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Egocasting: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

[The following is extracted from an email response I sent to a friend who asked about Christine Rosen’s article in The New Atlantis, “The Age ofEgocasting.”]

Interesting stuff. To be sure, this feels more like an extended and eloquent “rant”
than a real essay. Then again, Pod person that I am, I skimmed it rather than
reading it through. 🙂

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Pundita’s Macro-Economics of Micro-Entrepreneurship

My fellow blogger Pundita — mostly on hiatus but returning to a weekly format in April — very kindly responded to my query about fellow blogger Eric Raymond’s enthusiasm for micro-infrastructure:
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Bono’s Radical Centrist Sermon

While Bono does not appear to self-identify with any sort of radical centrism, his combination of spiritual passion and data-driven pragmatism certainly makes him a kindred soul. In particular, his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast were an impressive balance of:
* self-deprecating humor
* hard, cold facts
* appeal to both spiritual values and enlightened self-interest
* generous affirmation of past achievements
* bold challenge to meet higher standards

It is rare for to see either a political or religious speech that dares to tackle these sort of big issues, much less one that does both so well. A genuine inspiration.