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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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Iran Nuclear Deal Divides Reformists and Principlists Over Vision for Country’s Future

On July 14, Iran agreed to a nuclear deal in Vienna that would greatly inhibit its ability to develop a nuclear weapon. The agreement, if it goes into effect, will not only cause Iran to forfeit most of its centrifuges and … Continue reading

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Most Americans are Not Moderates; Our Discourse and Politics Should Reflect Our Diversity

Given the intense nature of partisanship and polarization, it is tempting to conjure up an image of the electorate in which a majority of common-sense, moderate voters are trapped between two political parties that represent the extremes of American public … 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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