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For the Americans and anyone else interested in American government...
innocenceNonus Posted: Thu Aug 12 21:16:53 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I recently had to read a book for school called The Radical Center. After reading it, I have to recommend this book to anyone interested in American Government, American policies, and the future of both.

It's a pretty short and easy read. While you have be a big politics buff to REALLY get into this, it's still manageable if you're remotely interested.

The book is about how America's government is slowly becoming outdated and suggest several reforms and ideas. Many of the ideas are very good and well-thought out. There are a few I disagree with, though.

The book isn't a "Future American Agenda" or anything, but it definitely has vision.

Any way, just wanted to recommend it since a lot of people seem interested in American politics. Also, if anyone else has read it, it'd be cool to hear someone else's feedback.

innocenceNonus Posted: Thu Aug 12 21:17:17 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Dang it. That shoulda gone into books. Sorry GT.

Mesh Posted: Fri Aug 13 00:04:40 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  innocenceNonus said:
>Dang it. That shoulda gone into books. Sorry GT.

Well god damnit.

Now what are we supposed to do? We cant very well post about it now.

Shame on you.

Mesh Posted: Fri Aug 13 00:05:55 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  No just kidding lol, no biggie.

If the book is cheap, I will buy. Then I will read.

If the book is not cheap, well then damnit.

PS. I like to horde my money now.

Mouse Posted: Fri Aug 13 17:44:34 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  meshuggah said:
>If the book is cheap, I will buy. Then I will read.
>If the book is not cheap, well then damnit.
>PS. I like to horde my money now.

I love that word, horde. :)
Hording money is good, however I failed to do so today. :( And shopping isn't usually my thing, I prefer to look at things I want and sigh wistfully. Lucky for me my father gave me money to cover what I spent.
Woot for being a minor and having a parent who thinks they should clothe you. ;)

I will make a note of this book and keep an eye out for it. Who is the author?

innocenceNonus Posted: Fri Aug 13 23:58:59 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Author I don't remember. It's under the name of two authors, but it is a fairly popular book. Just ask for it by name: The Radical Center.

As for hording money... haha. At least you have some inlet of money to horde from. For me, that inlet = ZERO.

DanSRose Posted: Sat Aug 14 04:17:25 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  From the review of it:
The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics
by Ted Halstead, Michael Lind
This bold book proposes to take American politics in a totally new direction--away from "our rigid two-party cartel" of Republicans and Democrats, and toward a centrism that currently doesn't exist in an electoral sense. "Our nation's politics are dominated by two feuding dinosaurs that have outlived the world in which they evolved," write Ted Halstead and Michael Lind. Both men are affiliated with the New America Foundation, and Lind is the provocative author of The Next American Nation and Vietnam: The Necessary War. They believe the ongoing technological revolution will transform American politics in fundamental ways, and most of The Radical Center advocates specific shifts across a range of issues. The result is a mishmash that isn't so much a set of new ideas as a blend of existing ones. Halstead and Lind want to enact private-school choice for students and parents (a conservative idea), for instance, and also to equalize funding by essentially abolishing the states' role in education (something that might appeal to liberals). Their goal, they say, is to increase personal choices where possible and minimize class inequalities where feasible.
Much of The Radical Center reads like a wonk's fantasy; Halstead and Lind identify policy problems everywhere they look--from voting rights to health care--and suggest solutions with the confidence of technocrats who believe they can remake the world. What they produce is a grab bag that will simultaneously fascinate and frustrate readers who start off ensconced on either the right or left of the political spectrum. How many people will favor both their idea of abolishing all corporate income taxes as well as their notion of implementing a new nationwide tax on consumption? But that's the point: Halstead and Lind try to forge a new politics that takes the best parts of today's left and right and abandons the rest as so much dead weight. The Radical Center is at once jarring and invigorating; readers willing to engage with it will wrestle with hard questions. Many may come away persuaded by large parts of Halstead and Lind's argument. And if the whole project sounds a tad ambitious, there's a reason: "Major political change in the United States, in short, tends to be revolutionary, not evolutionary." If that's true, then consider The Radical Center a manifesto for a new age that's right around the corner. --John Miller --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Mouse Posted: Sat Aug 14 12:59:36 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Thank you ever so much Dan. :)
I will look for it when next I am in a book store.


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