Third-Way Politics and Its Bitter Fruits [new The Good Life column]

The opening of my latest column at EveryJoe:

“Beware the compromisers — a lesson from this generation’s history.

“In 1998, President Bill Clinton announced: “We have moved past the sterile debate between those who say Government is the problem and those who say Government is the solution. My fellow Americans, we have found a Third Way.”

“Third Way politics became popular in the 1990s after the final collapse of the Soviet Union. Socialists were feeling chastened and adrift. But middle-of-the-roaders were uncomfortable with moving further towards free-market capitalism. The fall of the Soviet Union was an indictment of socialism, but what exactly was the lesson? Two positions emerged …” [Read more here.]

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Previous column in The Good Life series: Against Homework.

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