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originally 2004; last updated January 2016
25 Great Radical Centrist
I. INTRODUCTORY NOTE FROM EDITOR MARK SATIN
Hundreds of blogs and article collections are “radical middle” in orientation now -- it may be the fastest-growing category of Internet political commentary! (By "radical middle" I mean you listen to & genuinely learn from all political perspectives, and USE your learnings to address our fundamental socio-economic problems in creative new ways.) The sites we've linked to below strike me as not only radical middle but as unusually
II. THE LIVE
Althouse – from Ann Althouse, law professor at the University of Wisconsin
Another Opinion – from Paul Hosse, long-time Louisville KY community & political activist
View from the Radical Middle
– from Per Kurowski, former Executive Director of the World Bank for Mexico,
Nicaragua, and Venezuela
Breakthrough – from The Breakthrough Institute, California’s leading radical-centrist think tank
Centrist Project blog
from Charles Wheelan, author of The Centrist Manifesto
Demos blog – from Demos, Britain's "leading cross-party think tank"
Gruntled Center – from William (Beau) Weston, self-described "sociology professor . . . AND married father of three"
– from James Fallows, great radical-centrist journalist and founding chair of
the New America Foundation
Joe Klein articles – from the author of “Stalking the Radical Middle,” the 1995 Newsweek article that propelled the concept of radical centrism into the U.S. political dialogue
Joseph E. Stiglitz articles and op-eds
– from the author of Making Globalization Work and co-author of
Creating a Learning Society
on the Edge – from John Graham, former U.S.
foreign service officer and co-founder of The Giraffe Project, which celebrates
people for “sticking their necks out”
Moderate Voice – from Joe Gandelman, former San Diego Union staff writer
Moderate Voters – from Gary Butts, a Southern California voter
New America policy papers – policy papers from staff and fellows at the great New America Foundation
Passport – from staff writers at Foreign Policy magazine
Political Animal – from staff writers at The Washington Monthly, whose founder and long-time editor, Charlie Peters, was an early radical centrist
Radical Centrism – from Ernest Prabhakar, open source products manager at Apple Inc. and an early champion of radical centrism as a political philosophy
– “next generation policy ideas” from The
Ta-Nehisi Coates blog – from Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me
a forum for centrist dialogue
III. ANCIENT HISTORY DEPARTMENT: A CAUTIONARY NOTE
centrist observations, analyses, and policy formulations may be flourishing
today, but there is nothing inevitable about their triumph.
They’ve been around since the early Reagan era.
See the New World Alliance’s A Transformation Platform: The Dialogue Begins (1981), which some people think was the first programmatic statement of radical-centrist politics. Authors included former speechwriters for Robert F. Kennedy (Len Duhl) and Ronald Reagan (John McClaughry). It was introduced at the National Press Club by decentralist spokesman Kirkpatrick Sale (author of Human Scale, 1980), Robert Olson of the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress, and me. It gained little traction.
Charles Peters’s article “A
Neoliberal’s Manifesto” (1983), which some feel was the first grand and nationally
influential statement of radical centrist politics (n.b.: “neoliberal” did
not mean for Peters what it’s come to mean today!).
It originally appeared in The
Washington Monthly, which Peters ran for many decades.
You’ll have to scroll down the first page of this PDF before
discovering any text.
a web sampling of my New
Options Newsletter (1984 – 1992, r.i.p.), at one time the second
largest independent political newsletter in the U.S., and correctly described by
culture critic Annie Gottlieb (in Do You
Believe in Magic?, Simon & Schuster, 1988) as attempting to pull New
Left and New Age activists into a “New Center.”
My advisory board included radical centrists James Fallows (who was an
editor under Peters), Marilyn Ferguson (who used the term as early as 1980), and
John Naisbitt (who used it in 1982).
For radical centrist ideas to prevail, we must develop organizations capable of spreading them and fighting for them. See our list of Great Radical Centrist Political Organizations elsewhere on this site … and ask yourself whether even these are sufficient.
ABOUT THE RADICAL MIDDLE CONCEPT
GREAT RADICAL MIDDLE GROUPS AND BLOGS:
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