Radical Centrism is alive and well in Sri Lanka

The best exposition I’ve ever heard of what the true Radical Center represents; Ghandi-an but committed to enforcing the rule of law. Powerful stuff. 

Fourteenth Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture

Fourteenth Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture

Forging a Radical Centre : A Response to Extremism and Intolerance”

14th Lal Bahadur  Shastri Memorial Lecture

Delivered by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka

18th January 2007, New Delhi

The Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign affairs of Sri Lanka, delivered the fourteenth Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture on ‘Forging a Radical Center: A Response to Extremism and Intolerance’   on 18th January 2007 at the National Museum Auditorium, New Delhi.  Mr. Anil K Shastri, Trustee, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Memorial Trust chaired the event.  Hon. A.H.M. Fowzie was also present at the lecture.  The text of the lecture is as follows:

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The Left is Seldom Right: New book challenges old Right-Left terminology in politics

From our newest Centroid, Norman Berdichevsky:

Canadian Free Press – This is indeed a book that suits the times with the approaching American presidential election of 2012 in which a large segment of the public may be expected to follow the same trajectory of political thinking by rejecting the ‘glamour appeals’ of the Left with its penchant for identifying itself with so called ‘progressive’ policies.


The Left is Seldom Right, Norman Berdichevsky

To all Conservative and Independent friends tired of the constant Right-Left invective in politics…..If you would like to stage an exciting event with a dynamic speaker….I believe your members will find my new book ‘The Left is Seldom Right’ challenging conventional wisdom and both novel and insightful. I would be pleased to speak about the book before your group.

Listen to two recent radio interviews; Go to  Tea Party Tribune radio show   and/or

Both interviews begin about ten minutes into the program.

I  argue that  the political terms Left and Right,  have often become stale clichés but that the Left has a vested interest in maintaining use of this terminology due to the pronounced left/liberal slant of the media, Hollywood, and many “celebrities”, artists and writers. My book also alerts the public to the imminent dangers of militant Islam and how Jihad has been tactically endorsed by both the Far Right and Far Left in the past

With best wishes,

Dr. Norman Berdichevsky

p.s. You can find my website at nberdichevsky.com. More details about my book below…

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Steve Denning on Radical Management & Consumer Capitalism

I’ve been enjoying a series of blog posts by Steve Denning about the reinvention of modern management, not least because they mirror my own thinking about Sustainable Capitalism (2.0).  Although he focuses on corporations, I believe the same kind of outside-in, human-centric thinking is essential for revitalizing both politics and government.

While much of the information from his blog is presumably collected in his book Radical management | Reinventing the workplace for the 21st Century, there isn’t a good index of what I consider his key themes.  To that end, I’ve collected them in outline form here.

The Death—and Reinvention—of Management

Measuring Business’s New Bottom Line: Customer Delight

  1. Measuring customer delight at the organizational level
  2. Measuring customer delight at the working level
  3. Client delight: Sizing and prioritizing
  4. Measuring a key aspect of customer delight: time
  5. Tracking client delight in real time: social media

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


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.


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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