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: 608,228
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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The Centrist Manifesto 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting proposal of an alternative to the Republican and Democratic parties. Recommended for those interested in politics and the bottlenecks in our government today
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brilliant piece of political literature. There may be one or two issues that you disagree with, but you can cut them out of the book entirely and Wheelan's thesis still holds together. Citizens of The United States (and everyone else, for that matter) badly need the rationality this book presents, and as Wheelan quotes from Victor Hugo, "Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the first 2 chapters I had hopes that this might be a decent book. But after the first page of Chapter 3, all hope was lost and I archived this garbage. The author has swallowed Al Gore's fantasy hook, line and sinker. I have no problem with the political center, but the author is the one who ignores science and gushes over the politically correct stance on climate change. That pretty much indicates that his view of the "center" is more than a bit skewed. Too bad.