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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

DeLong: As I have said, until there is a center-right that seriously intends to work to make people's lives better, there is no... [feedly]

As I have said, until there is a center-right that seriously intends to work to make people's lives better, there is no...
https://www.bradford-delong.com/2019/04/eg-mainly-macro-triangulation-or-bipartisanship-does-not-work-when-one-side-goes-off-the-scale.html

Amen, Brad DeLong!!   However note, for the sake of Lefties, the "centrist" coalition he speaks of is one that can include Ds and Rs. He is not referring to the Left as Just Sanders and AOC, or one that would exclude Nancy Pelosi.

As I have said, until there is a center-right that seriously intends to work to make people's lives better, there is no point to trying to construct a centrist coalition. Until, say, we have Republican policy economists who will not endorse a tax cut unless it will actually boost investment and economic growth, the baton is passed to the left:

Simon Wren LewisTriangulation or Bipartisanship Does Not Work When One Side Goes Off the Scale: "The lesson of Brexit and Trump is if you fight a culture war and lies with just well researched and targeted policy proposals, you lose. It is better to fight a culture war with an alternative vision and popular policy proposals, and a bit of class war too...

...I am not suggesting that you don't have well researched and targeted policy proposals behind that: as DeLong says 'we are still here'. But this is the time for radicals on both sides.... I have said very little about policy divisions between the left and centre-left, and that is because in practice I don't think they are very important. In both countries the left cannot implement much that the centre-left disagrees with, and much of what the left want to do the centre-left are prepared to accept.... The key question is whether the centre-left allows the left to lead when it needs to lead, or instead fights against the left and keeps the right in power...


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