Great article by the 20 committee. Ideology might be makings look stupid and a need to find a Center is a laudable goal. Yet, finding a Center requires much more than generalizations. We need a guide, remember what has worked and what has failed. Pretending that all Social Experiments are equal despite the results will just mean more of the same. Aiming for the Center is great is we only can agree where that is.
That there is something wrong with the United States – its politics, its economy, its culture, its interactions with the rest of the world – seems to be widely acknowledged by most Americans today. Poll after poll indicates a profound discomfort with the direction of American society, for myriad reasons. While people on the Left and Right will disagree about what exactly is wrong, and particularly what might be done about it, there’s a lot of consensus that the United States has hit a rather rocky patch, and that our venerable two-party system isn’t doing a very good job of ameliorating what’s going wrong. Indeed, our political system seems to many Americans, including this one, to be one of the larger aspects of the problem.
My colleague Tom Nichols has highlighted how the spreading disdain for actual experts and their expertise undermines public efforts at debating knotty problems, where the…
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