Centrist Dems begin arguing against far-left agenda as 2020 play

It’s interesting how the neconservative/neoliberal political establishment is being challenged by the neo-Nixonian Trumpians from the right, and by the neo-Roosevetlians like Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez from the left. If these insurgencies continue, the power elite will mostly certainly move to coopt them, which they have already done in the case of the Trumpians. It is likely that many within the power elite have come to understand that the neoconservative approach to foreign policy has created too much international instability, and seek to move toward a more realist perspective via Trumpism. It is also possible that many elites are recognizing that neoliberal economics have created too much domestic instability, and are seeking to move toward a more conventional New Deal-era liberalism in response. If so, politicians like Sanders and Ocasia-Cortez would be an effective means of advancing such a perspective.

If the neo-Nixonians were to eventually displace the neocons on the right, and the neo-Rooseveltians were to displace the neoliberals on the left, the US would largely return to the paradigm that existed during the 1970s before the ascendancy of Reaganism and Clintonism, both of which involved sharp turns to the right on a wide range of issues. Essentially, it would be a return to an American politics dominated by Rockefeller Republicans and New Deal Democrats.

By Alex Roarty


Leading moderate Democrats forcefully argued this week that the party can embrace a robust agenda of change while still praising capitalism and downplaying income inequality.

In other words, everything the empowered liberal base has spent a year and a half mobilizing against.

Democrats gathered here in Ohio’s capital city on Thursday and Friday in what was an opening salvo of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, part of a conference organized by the center-left think tank Third Way.

The longtime Washington-based group was unveiling the findings of a year-long assessment launched after the 2016 election, hoping to convince potential presidential contenders that they don’t have to adopt the hard-left agenda and style of a Bernie Sanders progressive.

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  1. I think you credit the political class of your country overly much. They might believe a New Deal could be sold again, but it cannot. The left is bound to their minority coalition now like never before, just as the right is now locked into a reform or die situation with the current administration. In all likelihood the center will bifurcate along tribal lines and wrinkles in the left will be ironed out as they always were. Hatred of whites, nationalism, and Christianity is more than sufficient to motivate the left even if social democrats are being marginalized to preserve neoliberal hegemony. It is a fight the left will ultimately lose to their reformers, but that is a decade or more off and their time horizons are as short as ever.

    What happens to the right is relatively unimportant as they have a narrow demographic window in which to initiate some reforms which will be tossed as soon as they leave. Neocons being considered a part of the right is a misreading of their history and purpose. They are a lobby not unlike AIPAC or the NRA. They will exist in any administration because their donors spend the requisite money to ensure their continue tenure. At worst, they might enjoy a brief window of time with minimal influence should they successfully goad Turmp into war with Iran and thereby resurrect the anti-war left whose sole purpose is to discredit the right domestically and which has never held more than a few principled pacifists.

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