LIVE STREAM at 12:30pm EST: Michael Lind Asks “Whatever Happened to The Radical Center?”


michael_lind280x350.jpgOne of the privileges of working at a think-tank is the opportunity to soak up the intellectual energy that thrives at the crossroads of cutting edge research and policy-making.
Once a month the New America Foundation’s fellows and staff gather to hear a presentation from one of our colleagues on a subject related to his or her research.
This weeks’ featured speaker is New America Foundation/Economic Growth Program Policy Director and Whitehead Senior Fellow Michael Lind.
As anyone who has met Lind knows, he is remarkably fluent in a variety of subjects ranging from history to philosophy to economics to international relations.
Today’s presentation will seek to address the question “Whatever Happened to the Radical Center?”
Just yesterday in the New York Times, Sam Tanenhaus offered a major survey on the conceptual history of Michael Lind and Ted Halstead’s construct of a radical center in American politics.
The notion of the “radical center” was a founding idea behind the creation of the New America Foundation and the subject of Lind’s book (co-written with New America Foundation Founder Ted Halstead) The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics.
We normally do not publicize these events, but we are pleased to STREAM Lind’s presentation LIVE here at The Washington Note today at 12:30pm EST. (Please note that we will only be streaming Mike’s presentation – not the Q&A session that will follow.)
— Ben Katcher


7 comments on “LIVE STREAM at 12:30pm EST: Michael Lind Asks “Whatever Happened to The Radical Center?”

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  2. Sweetness says:

    BTW, I LOVED Lind’s book on Texas politics–LBJ v Bush–really
    explained a lot about a lot of things.


  3. Sweetness says:

    Steve, I know you like the term, but, in a way, “radical center” is a contradiction in terms.
    The center is very hard to hold onto…takes a lot of discipline and sang froid…so, in that sense, the term makes sense.
    It’s easy to fall off the line and wind up in one of the extreme camps.


  4. John Robert BEHRMAN says:

    A strong, hard, “radical” center has been eroded by the (a) supremacy of a federal bench of Life Peers who have veered to the far right, (b) complexity of our federal constitution, (c) punctillio of coalition government, and (d)lack of a center party.
    I am a Texas Democrat and unable to deal directly with (a) or (b). But, I recognize the problem they pose. What I all “Whig Tyranny” — an old term — paralyzed every effort to deal with slavery prior to and short of a Civil War.
    The old Jim Crow coalition — a national, not a Southern regime — should have ended after 1994, when Newt Gingrich mass-murdered what was left of the old segregationist Democrats. But, it did not. It continued as a racially “inclusive” but otherwise thoroughly corrupt, bi-paratisan concession-tending regime right up through 2008.
    Now, we are down to whether there can be a center-left majority party with the wit and will to make our constitution work without what the Whigs prefer — a monarch or, as they call it, a unitary government, run by a Lord Chancellor — George H. W. Bush or, recently, Dick Cheney — on behalf of the propertied, not the popular, majority.
    I think the reforming Tory party will turn out to be the Democrats. Right now Barack Obama seems to be suprisingly conservative. He will, I think, end up being a Disraeli.


  5. Carroll says:

    People have different definitions of ‘the center’.
    A lot of people like myself consider themselves ‘center’, conservative fiscally on some issues, liberal on humanitarian issues…but not will nilly democracy spreading interventionist for capitalism or ideology.
    The problem is the center has never been ‘radical’..they need to get ‘radical’ on some issues.
    I, and others who think they fit in the center are getting more ‘radical’ every day.
    Move over teabaggers….BWTTGASO.


  6. Steve Clemons says:

    Mike Lind was terrific today.
    — Steve Clemons


  7. sanitychecker says:

    Oh my, the respected analyst who sees nothing wrong with wiping out 2 million Vietnamese peasants and 58K American soldiers just so the US military doesn’t lose its credibility.


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