Source: Christian Science Monitor
“Around the world, politics are polarizing. From Brexit to Brasilia, from the District of Columbia to the Danube, leaders are ruling from the further reaches of the political spectrum. In today’s belligerent global mood, is there any fruitful ground for a moderate politician to plow? Starbucks founder Howard Schultz thinks so; he says the U.S. two-party system is broken, and he’s planning an independent bid for the presidency….Are these the tentative hints of a new direction, a sign that the populist pendulum may have swung its full arc? Or are they destined to be crushed by angry voters seeking radical solutions from demagogues? ‘The problem with centrism is that its style of moderation and compromise is not in fashion at the moment,’ says Pascal Perrineau, a veteran French political analyst. ‘But its strength is that it seeks solutions beyond the tired old left-right divide. One can imagine new political space emerging from the wreckage of the old system.’….Both parties have been pulling away from the center for a number of years. Conservatives dominate the Republican Party at all levels, and it is liberals such as new Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York who are providing the Democrats with energy and policy ideas such as the Green New Deal….’The vast majority of people … want answers that improve their daily lives rather than angry, adversarial rhetoric,’ says Will Tanner, the young founder of ‘Onward,’ a reformist Conservative Party think tank in London.”
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