I think that there is a more destructive force to society’s well-being than the most wretched excesses of liberalism, than the most wretched detachment of conservatism. It is the habit now so deeply engrained in our culture to choose sides first and start the critical thought process second, if at all; it is the way we have to come to accept our personal paradigms as beyond critique, and to blithely judge others against those uncritiqued paradigms; it is that we come to view our assumptions and values and beliefs as objective, irrefutable  fact.

Little moral courage or intellectual rigor is needed to demean others’ views for no reason than they do not conform to our own assumptions. It is child’s play to deride the mistakes and fumblings of those others, and to spin the trivial ones into monstrous errors. But should that become all we are capable of, then we have lost the capacity to perceive the larger scope of matters beyond us and our own narrow sphere. We become unable to grasp, much less appreciate, what we cannot fathom.

I want to go another way.

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14 Responses to “About”


  1. Great blog..just started reading. If you ever want to do a cross post let me know.

  2. bleiglass Says:

    Worth coming back to read more

  3. Moe Says:

    When MSNBC brought Keith O and then Rachel M to the air, I was thrilled. At last, I thought, at last a voice to counter Fox and speak some truth. (Of course, I meant truth as I understood it.)

    But very quickly they crossed the line and actually became Fox.

    Oddly, what they achieved – with me at least – was to make me less receptive to the usual voices of the left. And I am a liberal.

    I’d like to add you to my blogroll. Okay?

    1. The Center Square Says:

      Definitely okay to add to blogroll, and I’ll do the same for yours. Thanks, Moe.

  4. conjuice Says:

    You think your in the “center”? Everything on your site is way left of center. You have every right to think whatever you want, but don’t try to disguise it with the word “center”. Its an old liberal trick. At least have the nerve to be proud of who you are.

    1. The Center Square Says:

      Well, I can’t agree with you there, conjuice.

      I believe in balancing the budget, nuclear energy development, breaking the education unions (and frankly most of the unions), a strong liberty platform (in the Ron Paul mold), that environmental policy should serve humans (e.g., I support clean air and water, but the snail darter is on its own). I think the bailouts of the auto industry were misguided. I think Pelosi and Reid are completely off track.

      In the end, what I believe the most is that government does have the ability and the duty to address the basic needs of our country, but I believe that the left wing often goes about it in the least intelligent ways. The right wing does not go about it at all. Both are flawed.

      But thanks for checking out my blog. I appreciate that.

    2. Moe Says:

      As a true blue liberal, let me assure you conjuice, that this blog is indeed smack on – I find a great deal to be right of center; you find it to be left of center. I’d say we have located ‘center’ right here.

      But more importantly, I like the cordiality and civil behavior here – a genuine breath of fresh air.

      1. The Center Square Says:

        Thanks, Moe! You know you’re my favorite blog/hippie/liberal chick! Merry Christmas!

  5. gesvol Says:

    I like what you are trying to do here. I agree with you 100% with the idea that critical thought has been sacrificed because much of society has felt the need to choose sides first. Instead of public discourse, politics has become like a sporting contest and everyone supports their own team regardless. We would be a lot better off if more people realized that just because someone else disagrees with you doesn’t mean that person is unreasonable or evil. We also need to realize that no matter who you are are what your political ideology may be, you don’t always have all the answers.

  6. sekanblogger Says:

    Um, uh….If you are trolling for more traffic, you might try making your screen-name the link instead of dropping your URL in a comment.
    It’s much better protocol, and seems less like fishing for readers.
    Thanks.

  7. Augustus Says:

    Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. This country does need a new way and I feel that National Populism is the key to putting America on the right track. Anyone interested can check out my blog at http://avisionforanewamerica.wordpress.com

  8. Thrasybulus Says:

    I’ve enjoyed your blog, and picked up on your Geithner piece for a post of my own. Would you be interested in cross-linking?

    http://www.conscienceofaprogressive.com.

    Cheers,

    T.

  9. Jen Says:

    I like what you are trying to do here. I agree with you 100% with the idea that critical thought has been sacrificed because much of society has felt the need to choose sides first. Instead of public discourse, politics has become like a sporting contest and everyone supports their own team regardless. We would be a lot better off if more people realized that just because someone else disagrees with you doesn’t mean that person is unreasonable or evil. We also need to realize that no matter who you are are what your political ideology may be, you don’t always have all the answers.
    +1

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