Centrism Is Dead, Which Means Centrists Are Zombies

"Particularly for younger voters for whom the appeal of capitalism is declining, "socialism" (as I've written in "What Young Voters Want When They Want Socialism") is short-hand for a less rigged and rapacious, more restrained and fair type of market economy than the brand that ascended with 80s-era Reaganism and Thatcherism and crashed with the 2008 Financial Crisis. In this light, critiques of 40 years of neoliberalism are serious challenges to centrists like Hickenlooper, Bennet, and Delaney. It’s the last conversation they want to have because they don’t even know how to have it now that Trumpism has slaughtered their sacred cows."

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What Young Voters Want When They Want Socialism

"Actually, Millennials haven’t really thought more or less favorably of socialism. Support for “socialistic” programs remained constant over eight years. What Gallup’s and YouGov’s polling really suggest is that young people have thought less of capitalism over time. Now, decades after “the end of history” and the triumph of market over planned economies, young people want more from an economic regime that has screwed them."