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Centrism

CJKAllstar
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5/9/2014 3:40:22 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I am fairly good at understanding political ideologies. I have never had a problem understanding everything from communism to fascism, liberal conservatism to conservative liberalism, anarcho-socialism to anarcho-capitalism and the difference between libertarian and authoritarian left/right.

But I have never got my head around centrism. I don't see how centrism works. Economically, there is no definitive line between free and fair. There is no set amount of regulation for a centre to be classified. The same applies for amount of government intervention and the amount of regulation, tax and every aspect which defines where you lie on the spectrum.

Due to the lack of brevity, I really don't see how a line could ever be drawn to call yourself a centrist, unless you are too ignorant of politics. Even if you do draw a line, surely the slightest edge of pro-free market would put you ever so right? Or any extra dab of more than just a minimum social safety net would put you slightly left? How do you define the centrist ideology? How can you break its values down, because I simply cannot see how it works.
"Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." - George Orwell
Bannanawamajama
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5/9/2014 8:38:01 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Centrism is more just a consequence of having highly partisan left and right wings in current politics. I think most all centrists consider themselves liberal or conservative more than the other, but we have a system right now where you apparently cant agree with the general ideas of one side without wholeheartedly siding with them.

I'd say I'm a centrist because I understand regulation makes it harder for buisnesses to function, but regardless there are certain benchmarks we ought to meet where the cost to buisness is outweighed by cost to public health or the environment. But since one side argues we should have no regulation at all and the other argues that buisness concerns arent worth considering, people who think like I do can't honestly identify with either side, because there would be politicians on both sides who could reasonably have that viewpoint.