The Centrist Manifesto

The Centrist Manifesto

by Charles Wheelan


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A vision—and detailed road map to power—for a new party that will champion America’s rational center.

From debt ceiling standoffs to single-digit Congress approval ratings, America’s political system has never been more polarized—or paralyzed—than it is today. As best-selling author and public policy expert Charles Wheelan writes, now is the time for a pragmatic Centrist party that will identify and embrace the best Democratic and Republican ideals, moving us forward on the most urgent issues for our nation.

Wheelan—who not only lectures on public policy but practices it as well (he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2009)—brings even more than his usual wit and clarity of vision to The Centrist Manifesto. He outlines a realistic ground game that could net at least five Centrist senators from New England, the Midwest, and elsewhere. With the power to deny a red or blue Senate majority, committed Centrists could take the first step toward giving voice and power to America’s largest, and most rational, voting bloc: the center.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393346879
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/19/2013
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 531,268
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Charles Wheelan is the author of the best-selling Naked Statistics and Naked Economics and is a former correspondent for the Economist. He teaches public policy and economics at Dartmouth College and lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his family.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Big Idea 11

Chapter 2 Government's Herculean Task 29

Chapter 3 The Best and the Worst of the Republicans and the Democrats 46

Chapter 4 The Centrist Party 72

Chapter 5 Sex and Guns 103

Chapter 6 Making It Happen: The Centrist Strategy 121

Notes 135

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