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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The voting public

Thomas Friedman argues that America is all about center-based politics, that the extreme left and extreme right don’t matter. This is along the lines of “can’t we all just get along?” If politicians are centrist, they obviously will be able to compromise easier than those at the extremes. But is this optimal?

If our scale of politicians runs from those with liberty being the highest order to those where government is the solution to all problems, then we can look at some extremes to see what we learn. Here, liberty is the freedom to do what one wants as long as that action does not impact the liberty of someone else.