George Lakoff, author of The Political Mind, argues that moderates do not exist, because there is no definitive political ideology of the moderate. Therefore, he believes it is impossible for a group of people to gather as 'moderates' as each would have different views. This means that for moderate political views to become mainstream, a big tent form of party would be required.
As a ‘moderate’ political position
Voters who describe themselves as centrist often mean that they are moderate in their political views, advocating neither extreme left-wing politics nor right-wing politics. In the US, it is claimed that 70% of the electorate occupy this position. Voters may identify with moderation for a number of reasons: pragmatic, ideological or otherwise. It has even been suggested that individuals vote for ‘centrist’ parties for purely statistical reasons.
- ^ Oxford English Dictionary, http://dictionary.oed.com
- ^ Aristotle, Sir Ernest Barker, R. F. Stalley (1998), Politics, Oxford University Press, p. xxv, ISBN 9780192833938, http://books.google.com/?id=QWsJDMvIV7sC&pg=PR26
- ^ YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaFM9CvWm-g.
- ^ ‘America is 70% Centrist.’ The Centrist Party home page
- ^ Probabilistic Voting and the Importance of Centrist Ideologies in Democratic elections Enelow and Hinich, The Journal of Politics, 1984 Southern Political Science Association
- Robert McCluer Calhoon (2008), Ideology and social psychology: extremism, moderation, and contradiction, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521734165
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