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Friday, May 27, 2005

Beyond Left & Right

Interesting reflections from East Coast thinker Michael Ostrolenk in The Free Liberal, a left-libertarian journal of politics and economics, about what he sees as the potential for "a new transpartisan politics." Money quote:
Another reason this group of people can be considered beyond left and right is that their critique of power consists of both those from the traditional American left and the old right. They are concerned with all forms of concentrated power and authority. Government bothers them as much as transnational corporations. They look askance at the media, consumer culture, government propaganda, authoritarian religious institutions, and our so-called educational systems.
Kevin Rollins and Jim Turner offer this definition: "A Free Liberal is a person who values individual freedom, is alive to the dangers inherent in all forms of power and authority, and believes in the possibility of the rule of law, equal justice, fundamental rights, and a free and prosperous society."