WELCOME TO THE CENTER STRIKES BACK!
This is a place for people who want to know why America’s politics are as screwed up as they are and what they can do about it. We’re glad you’re here.
Why is this web site called, “The Center Strikes Back?”
There are several reasons, but here is a prime one.
In Season One of HBO’s hit drama, The Newsroom, there is a scene that goes something like this. The character of Charlie Skinner (played by Sam Waterston) is in one of his frequent debates. Someone is challenging Charlie as to whether the content his fictional news broadcast presents is left leaning or right leaning. Charlie responds that it is neither. “We are after the truth. The Center is the truth and the truth is neither left nor right.”
Like the character of Charlie, we are after the truth, the actual reality of the situations that confront us and how to deal with them in the best way possible. And in that pursuit, we are striking back at the untruths that seem to flow so easily in political discussions today. So, perhaps another way of interpreting the title of our web site and organization is this.
The Truth Strikes Back---against untruth, misinformation and propaganda.
We think there are two prime reasons for the dysfunction of today’s politics.
The first is too many Americans individually and collectively are operating without a consistent political philosophy towards how our government should operate. Lacking a consistent philosophy is like operating a sailboat without knowing how to set the sail. If you know how to set the sail, then you can make the boat go the direction you want it to go--regardless of which way the wind is blowing. If you don’t know how to set the sail, then you are at the mercy of the wind.
That’s why we published our book Neither Liberal Nor Conservative Be. We provide you a universal non-partisan approach to looking at political issues. You’ll learn easy to understand concepts like The Monkey Head Approach and the Four Quadrant Analysis and how to use them to analyze an issue to determine the best solution.
The second prime reason is the structural and procedural defects in America’s electoral process.
We have the behavior we have from elected officials because of the system we use to elect them. We will have the behavior so long as we have the system. If Americans want to change elected officials’ behavior, then Americans must change the system first.
Our DVD program, Why the Two Party System Isn’t Working Anymore (And What to Do About It) gives you new insights into what the problems are with America’s system and what needs to be done to fix them. Our DVD will teach about things like Third Circle Issues and The Spoiler Scenario. You can see the DVD’s introduction on YouTube.
To keep you up to date, we offer a free weekly Ezine. The Ezine relates current events to the philosophies and ideas found in our book and DVD. We prepare you to not only be able to have a clearer perspective about the events you’re reading about in the news, but to know what to do to solve these problems in the future.
To be clear, we don’t claim to have the solution to each and every problem this country has. We simply believe the political system we’re using now will not allow us to put the people in place with the freedom to find and implement those solutions. We want to put in place a system that will do those things. We want to show you what we think that system is and how it would work.
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In order to make the changes needed to overcome polarized politics, we need your help. We need you to be able to understand and talk about our ideas and concepts with your friends, neighbors and elected representatives. You’ll be better able to do these things if:
• You’ve read our book
• You’ve seen our DVD and
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