Thursday, April 16, 2015
Everything in moderation
People like to imagine moderates as occupying a Goldilocks 'just right' position between two otherwise obviously-wrong extremes, but being a moderate is often a matter of convenience rather than principle. They compromise because they just want to be left alone and will pick the path of least resistance, not because they see the position they're advancing at all ideal. More importantly, they're politically and socially irrelevant, precisely because they react rather than act - you can shift their positions just by screaming at them louder, and with more voices. But they never scream at anyone but the party that's already outnumbered anyway.