25 Sep 2018

There is a long list of pervasive problems in the political press, and we'll go into different facets in future posts, but two false stereotypes related to centrists and pragmatists in the Democratic Party have gotten to the point where they've become a problem in need of a fact check and thorough debunking. Some in the media have been spreading the blatantly false narrative that, in the Democratic tent, you're either a progressive, or an establishment centrist. The problem with this is that the proverbial map doesn't match the territory - the reality being that the Democratic Party leadership struggle is between liberals and progressives, with the shrinking minority of moderates left in the party not having nearly enough votes to have any chance of leading the party. Dem Power Struggle Not Centrists vs Progressives This misconception is bizarre, as centrist observers and activists - many of us being ex-Democrats because of things like this - kno...

04 Aug 2010

Scott Winship hits the nail on the head here: Everyone’s approvingly linking to this Edward Luce piece on “the crisis of middle-class America”.  I want to set myself on fire. Seriously, it’s discouraging to see so many people who should know better (because they’ve argued these points with me before) promoting this article.  I can’t think of another piece in the doomsday genre—and there are many—that gets it so consistently wrong. I'm sick and tired of seeing the same damn doom and gloom. I can walk down the street and find some people who's lives are in shambles for one reason or another, but I can walk next door and find a family that is doing just fine. As usual, the partisan media cares more about selling emotional copy, to weaponize against those they disagree with, than getting an accurate glimpse of what is going on. Things aren't great, but they've been worse, and they're getting better. This isn't about being centrist - this is abo...