The Centrist Manifesto

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 19, 2013 - Political Science - 128 pages
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A vision—and detailed road map to power—for a new party that will champion America’s rational center.

From debt ceiling standoffs to single-digit Congress approval ratings, America’s political system has never been more polarized—or paralyzed—than it is today. As best-selling author and public policy expert Charles Wheelan writes, now is the time for a pragmatic Centrist party that will identify and embrace the best Democratic and Republican ideals, moving us forward on the most urgent issues for our nation.

Wheelan—who not only lectures on public policy but practices it as well (he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2009)—brings even more than his usual wit and clarity of vision to The Centrist Manifesto. He outlines a realistic ground game that could net at least five Centrist senators from New England, the Midwest, and elsewhere. With the power to deny a red or blue Senate majority, committed Centrists could take the first step toward giving voice and power to America’s largest, and most rational, voting bloc: the center.
 

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A pragmatic argument about moving politics away from polarities and toward the moderate middle, where the author feels most voters find themselves and most solutions can be negotiated.The word ... Read full review

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An interesting read. While Wheelan makes several significant points, particularly in regards to hyper-extremism and the affect it has had on negotiation and cooperation in the American Constitutional system, there are other moments when Wheelan is deceptively peddling conservative political ideology buried beneath a faux facade of "nonpartisanship". 

Contents

CHAPTER The Big Idea
11
CHAPTER Governments Herculean Task
29
CHAPTER The Best and the Worst of
46
CHAPTER The Centrist Party
72
CHAPTER Sex and Guns
103
Notes 155
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Charles Wheelan is the author of the best-selling Naked Statistics and Naked Economics and is a former correspondent for The Economist. He teaches public policy and economics at Dartmouth College and lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his family.

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