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2016 Primary Results Indicate Many Independents Are Not Moderates

By sheer statistical coincidence, the percentage of Americans who self-identify as independents (approximately 40 percent) is nearly identical to the percentage of Americans who self-identify as moderates. This coincidence has nurtured a common misunderstanding: that independents are mostly moderates who … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders: Naive Purist or Pragmatic Legislator?

A persistent theme in the Democratic primary contest is that the race is between Hillary Clinton, the pragmatist, and Bernie Sanders, the purist – images that the candidates have both acquired and themselves actively nourished. Clinton has referred to herself as … Continue reading

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The Centrist Temptation: A Rebuttal to Political Moderation

In recent years, several if not dozens of moderate or centrist groups have popped up. Their appearance is an understandable response to reflexive partisanship and political dysfunction. However, the call for centrism — the centrist temptation — as a solution to partisan … Continue reading

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