A “radical centrist” is how I have recently started to describe myself and my politics. Needless to say, I took up the torch of progressive left-wing friends who see the centrists as the enemy, the blue dogs and the regressive hidden corporatists.
I use this label because I can’t believe that values based on equality and fairness are somehow marginal. Bigotry is marginal. Inclusiveness and celebration of our diversity is a value held by most. Ditto for so many other values and objectives defended by those of us who are too often described as “extreme left”.
Don’t the majority of us think that if someone works 40 hours a week, they deserve to earn a salary that can provide a dry and safe place to sleep at night?
Protection of the environment, access to health care and care for the elderly, the infirm and the very young are not radical ideas.
The radical part, I guess, is the urgency right now. We really want to move this agenda forward. Maybe those on the left feel this more deeply than others. Many, I guess, are more free from the hardships and injustice around us, seeing the world from a different perspective and literally not seeing the world we do.
We see the blue skies, the rainbows and the opportunity before us. But we also see this man …
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