Paul Anthony » December 16th, 2016, 8:31 pm wrote:d30,
You raise some interesting points, even if you present them with a very left-leaning bias.
Paul, that's what I look like from your still, I think, mostly (not fully) right-leaning perspective, as follows:
To a conservative, a centrist looks liberal. To a liberal, a centrist looks conservative.
Or, in terms of the color spectrum: to red, orange looks yellow; to yellow, orange looks red.
This is why I've urged in some posts, against present "post-truth" trend, that we all need to align with science, as follows:
Think forward and backward, not Democrat and Republican.
Think science and myth, not liberal and conservative.
Truth and lie, not left and right.
It may help to know how unfavorably I view, to name one, Democrat Bill Clinton (pres. 1993-2001). He spoke enlightened side but wound up behaving dark side. Four prime reasons that stick in mind: (1) NAFTA, (2) welfare "reform" (pulled the financial assistance rug out from under a mass of helpless young single mothers), (3) ca. 1996 Telecom bill, enabling diversity hostile media conglomeration, leading among other things to 91% right-wing-dominated talk radio, (4) Signed the bill ca. 2000 abolishing the ca. 1937 Glass-Steagal Act keeping commercial and investment banks separate, leading, predictably, seven years later to a near second Great Depression Glass-Steagal had prevented for ca. 70 years, securing an un-precdentedly, generally stable economy.
What all need to see is that the central issue of human evolution from day one has been imperialism vs. humanism. To clarify this, the definition of imperialism is INCONSIDERATE pursuit of self-interest, whereas humanism is the opposite: CONSIDERATE pursuit of self-interest. I.o.w., injustice vs. justice; unfairness vs. fairness. Justice and fairness sit on a foundation of truth. Unfairness and injustice stand on falsehood.
So, Paul, if considerateness were "left," I'd be "left," which I call centrist. If justice and fairness were "left," then I'd be "left," which I also say is actually dead center. I don't believe such is "left" What I believe is that both right and left have many good values and what we need to do is merge them into a new, powerful center that will carry humanity to its vast potential; a center primally based on one principle: "considerate pursuit of self-interest."
You see in that very phrase the merger at last of "considerate" many see as "left" and "self-interest" many see as "right." For illustration, "post-truth," fake news is clearly "inconsiderate pursuit of self-interest"; inconsiderate of others' perspectives, objectivity, fact, truth, fairness, and justice - SCIENCE.
Truth is neither right nor left. It is just TRUTH. "Post truth" means post-humanist; means neo-imperialist. Imperialist invariably means mass misery, as it inarguably did throughout the stagnant, snail-pace progress, if any, ancient and medieval Dark Ages.
Neo-imperialists (a shockingly again growing majority), in their every act now, e.g. global-warming denial, are attacking science as "left," "liberal." Science, like truth is neither left nor right. It is just SCIENCE.