We ought to put aside our extremism and come together to find common  solutions, goes the conventional wisdom—and you can see where that kind  of thinking has gotten us.
Well, it’s time to reject this middling middle-of-the-roadism and take a stand, writes Paul Starr in The American Prospect. For the “fanatics of the center”  are just as dangerous as the fanatics of the margins. They “believe so  deeply in the spirit of compromise that their commitment to it is  uncompromising,” he explains. “Every time Republicans move to the right,  Democrats are supposed to be willing to find common ground by moving  further to the right, too. Civic virtue positively requires it.”
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We ought to put aside our extremism and come together to find common solutions, goes the conventional wisdom—and you can see where that kind of thinking has gotten us.

Well, it’s time to reject this middling middle-of-the-roadism and take a stand, writes Paul Starr in The American Prospect. For the “fanatics of the center” are just as dangerous as the fanatics of the margins. They “believe so deeply in the spirit of compromise that their commitment to it is uncompromising,” he explains. “Every time Republicans move to the right, Democrats are supposed to be willing to find common ground by moving further to the right, too. Civic virtue positively requires it.”

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