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Radical middle : the politics we need now
Satin, Mark Ivor, 1946-
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Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, [2004]

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xii, 220 pages ; 22 cm
A creative and practical politics -- The caring person -- Journey to the radical middle -- Universal, preventive health care : too sensible? -- Law reform as if people mattered -- How to stop being dependent on oil -- Great teachers, great teachers, great teachers -- Affirmative action for the truly disadvantaged of every race -- Jobs for everyone. A financial nest egg for everyone, too -- Corporations we can be proud of -- Long live biotech with adult supervision -- Bring back the draft for everyone this time -- Globalization with savvy and feeling -- Humanitarian military intervention : no more Rwandas! -- Tough on terrorism and tough on the causes of terrorism -- You can have a career and be political too -- Join groups that matter, and push them to the radical middle -- Do some political spadework then run for office and win.
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Today, in growing numbers, from kitchen tables to nonprofit organizations to corporate boards, Americans are turning away from the bickering and division of politics as usual and turning toward a new politics-what activist-turned-attorney Mark Satin christens here as "radical middle" politics.Instead of the usual blame games, the radical middle appreciates the genuine and often very reasonable concerns of the left and right, which many of those disillusioned with political partisanship willfind refreshing. As the nation heads into the 2004 presidential election, the radical middle dares to propose bold and innovative solutions to problems that affect us all, from health care reform to corporate accountability to the fight against terrorism. Radical Middle offers an innovative yet practical handbook that addresses many of the most vexing social problems of our time. A whole new movement is on the march-the radical middle movement-and this is its manifesto. It shows how to understand politics, how to quiet the din of overheated rhetoric, and how to make modern politics reflect the true expression of rational and creative people everywhere.

Author Notes

Mark Satin is editor of Radical Middle Newsletter, His articles have appeared in publications ranging from Esquire to Utne Reader to Annual Survey of American Law. He lives in Washington, DC

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Condemning what the author sees as the divisive partisanship and polemical half-truths of liberals and conservatives alike, this militant but muddled manifesto urges left and right to unite behind a ?politics of creative problem-solving.? Satin, publisher of the Radical Middle Newsletter, pushes a poll-certified grab bag of public-private partnerships and wonkish policy nostrums pitched explicitly at professionals (a.k.a. ?knowledge workers? or ?the creative class?) whose only political identity is that of ?caring person.? The result is a confused, ad-hoc program that aims to achieve great public purposes without aggrandizing government or alienating special interests. Some proposals, like affirmative action based on poverty, not race, represent a fresh take on important issues. Others, such as his energy policy, which is largely a hodge-podge of minor tax incentives for fossil-fuel alternatives, are half-measures. The boldest initiatives?a universal health-care plan that uses tax credits to subsidize individuals? purchase of private insurance, a universal jobs program that offers employers tax credits for hiring workers?channel their largesse into massive state subsidies to the private sector. Satin?s often glib analyses of policy issues will not satisfy knowledgeable readers, and in his de-politicized politics of caring, real conflicts seem to be ignored rather than confronted. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

Satin, publisher of the Radical Middle Newsletter, believes that Americans are "turning away from the politics of bickering and division" and seeking a politics of creative problem solving. He identifies four key values that members of the Radical Middle embrace: maximizing choices for all Americans, guaranteeing a fair start in life for everyone, maximizing every American's human potential, and being of genuine help to everyone in the developing world. He then shows how each of the values can help solve society's problems. Satin offers Radical Middle solutions for healthcare, law and court reform, education, employment, globalization, terrorism prevention, and more. The book is intended to inform and energize; hence, there are no case studies or research models to prove the effectiveness of his theories. Suggestions for further reading appear at the end of each chapter, and the book concludes with a three-chapter section offering suggestions to help readers implement Radical Middle values in society. This is recommended as a positive alternative for political science collections at both public and academic libraries. Jill Ortner, SUNY at Buffalo Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Preface: Ignore the Noisep. ix
Part 1 The Emerging New Politics
1 A Creative and Practical Politicsp. 3
2 The Caring Personp. 11
3 Journey to the Radical Middlep. 21
Part 2 Maximize Choices for Everyone
4 Universal, Preventive Health Care: Too Sensible?p. 35
5 Law Reform as if People Matteredp. 47
6 How to Stop Being Dependent on Oilp. 57
Part 3 Give Everyone a Fair Start
7 Great Teachers, Great Teachers, Great Teachersp. 69
8 Affirmative Action for the Truly Disadvantaged--of Every Racep. 81
9 Jobs for Everyone. A Financial Nest Egg for Everyone, Toop. 91
Part 4 Maximize Human Potential
10 Corporations We Can Be Proud Ofp. 103
11 Long Live Biotech--with Adult Supervisionp. 115
12 Bring Back the Draft, for Everyone This Timep. 125
Part 5 Help the Developing World
13 Globalization--With Savvy and Feelingp. 137
14 Humanitarian Military Intervention: No More Rwandas!p. 149
15 Tough on Terrorism--and Tough on the Causes of Terrorismp. 161
Part 6 Be a Player, Not a Rebel
16 You Can Have a Career and Be Political, Toop. 175
17 Join Groups That Matter, and Push Them to the Radical Middlep. 187
18 Do Some Political Spadework. Then Run for Office and Winp. 197
Acknowledgments: Down at the Piccadillyp. 207
Indexp. 211