You’d be surprised. A good amount of my friends are political centrists. What they have in common is steadfastly holding to a kind of center position even when evidence should sway.
Sometimes there’s not a center position to be had. But they’ll find what they think is center and stick with it unreasonably.
They think they’re being reasonable. That’s the siren song of being a centrist.
The problem is: Political Left and Right are not linear. There is not really a center position in the same way that you might find the center of a number range from 0-100.
No. You’re going to radical extremes in your examples. Look, I’ll give an example:
A lot of centrists hold to “horseshoe theory”. The problem is: It’s simply wrong.
I’m not saying you are only radical. I’m not saying you are incompetent.
Notice the extremes of the words you chose there.
I was saying ‘sometimes’. Sometimes. At times a centrist will unreasonably hold to a center position where there is no center position.
It’s no longer communism or fascism at that point but a third system. It’s not a central position.
social equality and egalitarianism characterizes the far left, blind nationalism, state loyalty and any deviance met with brutal law enforcement on the far right.
What is in the middle would be not far left nor far right.
I do the same. When I do political tests, I show up as “left leaning libertarian” or “social anarchist” or things like that.
I voted for Bush. Usually I voted Independent when available.
I thought I was centrist until I took a few tests.
Thing is: Both Democrat and Republican parties are Right wing. Democrats are just less right wing but both are just to the right of center.
That’s the only 3 I 1/2 pay attention to. Warren is a warhawk but with enough progressivism to get by. She’d be a pretty standard President but images of her in front of a bulldozer may either help or hurt her campaign.
Sanders is Sanders and remains unchanged.
Biden is the corporate favorite as he knows the system.
Sanders/Warren, Warren/Sanders ticket would work well although the Bernie Bros would have a fit I’m sure.
I strongly suggest this test. This is by far my favorite. It doesn’t work in quite the same way as the others and while its description of ‘me’ wasn’t 100% it was about 80% – close enough that I could say “Ok, yeah, that’s my bucket”.
My point is: being married to an identity such as “Centrist” can lead to erroneous thinking.
That’s why I strongly suggest people take political tests to see where they stand a little better.
I also want to thank you Leeanne. Of all the self-identified Centrists I know, I could only ever convince 2 to take ANY political tests.
You’re more open minded than all that and I respect that greatly.
I know it is. My point is simply that SOMETIMES there is not a center position to issues.
I don’t know why people who identify as Centrist never like it when I say that. It’s the truth.