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  Centrism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Most commonly, this is visualized as part of the one-dimensional political spectrum of Left-Right politics, with centrism landing in the middle between left-wing politics and right-wing politics.
Centrism is important because it applies to very large swaths of the populace.
Marxist Centrism is often opportunistic, since it argues for a revolution at some point in the future but urges reformist practices in the mean time.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Centrism   (782 words)

  
 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Centrism
Close and sometimes overlapping with centrism are the ideals of political liberalism (in the European sense), though this philosophy generally emphasizes the individual at the expense of the community, while centrists seek a balance between the two.
This may have contributed to the controversial outcome of the 2000 U.S. presidential election in the United States (admittedly aggravated by political polarization among voters, a fairly different phenomenon).
There is anecdotal evidence that most people (at least in two-party democracies) consider themselves "centrists" and consider the word a compliment; thus, people are rarely attacked for being "centrists." This leads to a recursive definition where a centrist is merely defined by other centrists as "someone who agrees with me".
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Centrism   (639 words)

  
 Left in the West » Blog Archive » Why Blind Centrism is Stupider than Blind Partisanship
It’s something that is often used specifically and knowingly to paint opponents when facts are too tough to use or used by idiots to describe their opponents when they can’t figure out what’s going on.
Centrism is a far more pernicious character because it amounts to the embrace of a set of polling numbers and of trying to find a middle ground without regards to considering right and wrong.
His centrism is little more than a farce, as Digby notes rather well.
leftinthewest.com /?p=2114   (1202 words)

  
 Centrism and Political Moderates   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Centrism is a political--and, hence, cultural--position that locates itself between opposing ideological forces.
Centrism is not a clear-cut ideology (or belief system); many encyclopedias don't even include it as a category unto itself.
In such a vitriolic environment, political centrism is more than just a position: it is the tie that binds.
kevincassell.com /person/politics/center/centrism.asp   (1858 words)

  
 Centrism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Centrists, with their fondness for majority rule, share some ideals with classical democrats, though it distances itself from the strong ideological commitments often associated with that viewpoint.
Close and sometimes overlapping with centrism are the ideals of political liberalism (in the European sense), though the latter generally emphasizes individual rather than the community.
In many countries, most members of the public tend to identify themselves as independent rather than as left-wing, right-wing, or any other political extreme.
www.encyclopedia-online.info /Centrist   (282 words)

  
 Centerfield: Radical Centrism
In my thinking "radical centrism" refers to a centrism that places an emphasis on innovative and fresh policy solutions and will passionately fight for its voice to be heard in the public square.
Adam's notion of a "vital centrism" (taken from Arthur Schlesinger's "The Vital Center"?) sums up perfectly what I think centrism is. It's finding ways to solve problems without falling back on dogma; sometimes these solutions might be "liberal" and sometimes "conservative" and sometimes a mix.
The problem with Vital Center centrism was that it depended on a maintainance of the status quo.
www.centristcoalition.com /blog/archives/002214.html   (3799 words)

  
 The Jewish Journal Of Greater Los Angeles
Centrism seems to have its moment in the sun when there is a problem to be solved that the main parties cannot address and when one or more of the leading parties is rife with extremism.
Even though centrism seems to be the preferred choice of most voters, there are nearly insurmountable obstacles to long-term centrist politics.
A period of centrism, even if brief, can be a useful tonic for the political system.
www.jewishjournal.com /home/preview.php?id=15120   (919 words)

  
 CommonSenseDesk: Centrism in a Polarized World   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Yet centrism is a waning force in the corridors of power.
Though John McCain has turned himself into a Washington institution, and Lincoln Chafee, one of the declining band of north-eastern Republicans, has hinted that he may oppose John Bolton's nomination as ambassador to the United Nations, in general the Senate is moving slowly but inexorably in the same direction as the House: towards partisan hackery.
Lexington is not optimistic that centrism will play the role that it is capable of playing.
www.commonsensedesk.com /2005/04/centrism_in_a_p.html   (1006 words)

  
 My opinion Kathleen Parker: Centrism's time may have come | www.azstarnet.com ®
Avlon insists centrism is the more patriotic political position because it adheres more strictly to American values and founding principles than to ideology.
A balance between idealism and realism, centrism is a yin-yang proposition that rejects shrill extremes and embraces reason, decency and a practical perspective.
To those who insist centrism is the death of dissent, Avlon argues that centrism is dissent - from outdated political orthodoxies.
www.azstarnet.com /sn/vote/72095.php   (529 words)

  
 Preemptive Karma: St Jack and the Bullies in the Pulpit--or why centrism doesn't exist, part 1247
What passes for centrism nowadays is what used to be considered the conservative wing of the Republican Party.
In an age when an emphasis on civil rights is considered analagous to communism and satan worship among the throngs of the Bush faithful, the "center" has become a casualty of the hard right coup on the GOP.
Posted by: Gr8fulTed at February 4, 2006 09:02 PM I don't view Centrism as only the middle of the road in crafting policy.
www.preemptivekarma.com /archives/2006/02/st_jack_and_the.html   (1508 words)

  
 t r u t h o u t - David Sirota | Debunking 'Centrism'
Those resources have been used to push a nakedly corporate agenda under the guise of "centrism" while allowing the DLC to parrot GOP criticism of populist Democrats as far-left extremists.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines "centrism" as "the political philosophy of avoiding the extremes of right and left by taking a moderate position." So to find out what is really "mainstream," the best place to look is public polling data.
Despite this overwhelming evidence, Washington, DC, Democrats apparently have not gotten the message that their current definition of "centrism" is actually pulling the party further and further out of the mainstream.
www.truthout.org /docs_05/010305L.shtml   (1136 words)

  
 Hate, Stamp and Smash Centrism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
But we must be on our guard against centrism.
Centrism is a brand of revisionism - its worst form.
In the past, revisionism was defeated again and again by revolutionary elements but centrism always seized the victories of the struggle and led the Party along the revisionist path.
www.marxists.org /reference/archive/mazumdar/1970/05/x01.htm   (1638 words)

  
 "Radical Centrism" or Just Dumb? | TPMCafe
It has nothing to do with the Democratic party and whether or not Centrism is a good 'strategy' for the Democratic party is quite frankly irrelevant to the New America foundation.
No real liberal would ever associate themselves with "centrism" as it is currently defined and practiced.
Centrism and the DLC are the biggest vacuum in existence.
www.tpmcafe.com /story/2005/12/14/16131/763   (3623 words)

  
 Donklephant » Blog Archive » A Lament About Centrism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Sideshow, in response to a couple posts by Kevin Drum on centrism, laments why Dems can’t get their act together and talk about the things that really matter.
I’m sick and tired of being told the base is too far left.
See, the more and more I blog here at Donklephant, the more I realize that centrism means defending your beliefs, while still keeping your world view open enough for ideas that challenge and possibly change those beliefs.
donklephant.com /2005/10/10/a-lament-about-centrism   (879 words)

  
 Two Articles On Centrism by Leon Trotsky   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
(3) Difficult as a general determination of centrism, which has always, necessarily, the character of a combination due to crisis- may be, one can and one must separate, all the same, the principle traits and peculiarities of the centrist groupings which are consequent upon the collapse of the 2nd and 3rd Internationals.
De Fakkel’s criticism of my article (Centrism and the Fourth International) is highly characteristic of the make-up of the leadership of the O.S.P. as well as of left centrism in general.
With regard to the O.S.P., as in all other causes, we draw a distinction between the centrism of the workers, which is only a transition stage for them, and the professional centrism of many leaders among whom there are also incurables.
www.marxists.org /archive/trotsky/works/1934/1934-centrism.htm   (3032 words)

  
 Radical centrism Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Radical centrism can be defined as the ideology behind Radical centrist politics, as compared to the political philosophies of Conservatism and Liberalism.
As a new movement, the radical center doesn't yet have a coherent sense of community, so it is difficult to provide a formal statement of radical centrism.
The New America Foundation, the largest radical centrist think tank in the U.S., has proposed maximizing citizen choice as the foundational principle.
www.wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/r/ra/radical_centrism.html   (174 words)

  
 Ezra Klein: The Shallowness of Centrism
He promotes ideas in the way he promotes centrism, as a conceptual vessel that can be turned into a campaign tone and filled with anything the speaker wishes.
Whitmanesk 'centrism' isn't a party, a philosophy, or a governing ideal - Ezra is right on with his disembowelment of Whitman.
I question if there is a philosphy of centrism, but we clearly don't now have anything worth that label, and I can't see how we ever will have it.
ezraklein.typepad.com /blog/2005/11/the_shallowness.html   (5159 words)

  
 Preemptive Karma: Debunking Centrism
My biggest personal beef with "Centrism" is that it tries to push people to give up their passionate and strongly held beliefs in the name of compromise.
The point is that centrism asks those of us on the left to give up our strongly held beliefs in the name of winning.
What really bugs me about Centrism is the idea that I have to give up my strongly held beliefs in order to win or reach fruition.
www.preemptivekarma.com /archives/2004/12/debunking_centr.html   (4749 words)

  
 Kaiser Companies - Centrism and Seeing   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Where your perception is centered is referred to as centrism.
From all these examples of centrism it is easy to see that you are always limited by your point of awareness.
As you shift your observation point away from yourself, you see entirely different things and your values become much more inclusive.
www.kaiser.net /articledetail.cfm?article_id=524   (510 words)

  
 Sirotablog: Progressivism vs. "Centrism"
This is the best defense of progressivism vs. the tired old arguments for "centrism" that I've seen in a long time:
"There is one point I want to make clear because all too often I see this discussion of progressivism vs centrism as merely one of gaining tactical advantage in an election.
I am a progressive because that is what I believe at my core.
www.davidsirota.com /2005/06/progressivism-vs-centrism.html   (529 words)

  
 The Radical Centrist: Centrism
I imagine that if I'm going to make a case for centrism, I should be pleased to see the Germans come together in a blended government incorporating leaders from both parties.
An important part of Radical Centrism as I define it is a commitment to democratic lawmaking.
In talking about centrism as I like to define it, I must always differentiate between centrism as a conviction, even a "radical" conviction, and the accidental moderate politics of those Brooks describes above.
www.theradicalcentrist.com /centrism   (14964 words)

  
 Radical Centrism: index
In a world often divided by competing truth claims, Radical Centrism seeks to build bridges based on effective understanding.
In particular, I believe individuals, communities and systems find their greatest fulfillment (are most happy, healthy, and holy) when they seek to serve and honor others (i.e., practice humility, justice, and love), rather than merely protecting their own point of view.
Please look around and explore how Radical Centrism might help you become more happy, healthy and holy.
www.radicalcentrism.org   (283 words)

  
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 Townhall.com :: Columns :: Mollifying centrism by Michael Barone - Apr 18, 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The popular vote for the Labor Party in the 2001 election declined from 1997.
You could see it as well in the surges in Republican turnout in exurban and rural counties, surges produced partly by affection for Bush but also by a hatred of cultural liberalism and moral relativism.
High turnout is produced usually by fighting faiths, not by mollifying centrism.
www.townhall.com /columnists/michaelbarone/mb20050418.shtml   (865 words)

  
 Matthew Yglesias: Debunking "Debunking Centrism"
But to pretend that not just centrism but centrism promoted through the tactics of wishy-washy Republican Liteism is the wave of the future is absurd.
The smartest, and most forward looking Republicans understood that Goldwater libertarian-conservativism, not Eisenhower populist centrism was the future of the party, not to mention the future of the country.
Sirota's main criticsm would then seem to be that the call for centrism asks populists to repress their own instincts and fall in line with the party line.
yglesias.typepad.com /matthew/2004/12/debunking_debun.html   (12926 words)

  
 Eternity Road
One could fairly say that it rejects the concept of justice as such.
So alongside its dependence on the instantaneously determined bounds of acceptable discourse, centrism refuses to be measured against any moral principle.
The centrist picks his spots and his shots on arbitrary grounds, never committing to any standard against which his choices of target and ammunition might be judged.
www.eternityroad.info /index.php/weblog/centrism   (1156 words)

  
 French Language Policy: Centrism, Orwellian dirigisme,   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The idea that centrism can be effective as a language policy rests upon some notions, however, that need to be examined.
  Centrism means of course that decisions are made at the center, i.e.
  Despite the relentless march of centrism, and the domination of this market, a sort of linguistic
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /~haroldfs/540/handouts/french/dirig2.htm   (4055 words)

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