Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties

Pragmatists, Visionaries, and Progressive Politics

Posted on June 1, 2007

By David Burress

Political struggles among Kansas and national Democrats and progressive activists are said to pit centrists against leftists. I think that’s misleading. In terms of concrete proposals for government programs, the two sides agree much more than they disagree. What most separates them is the planning horizon. Those called centrists focus almost single-mindedly on winning the next election for Democrats.3 Those called leftists focus almost singlemindedly on what they hope progressives can accomplish in twenty or thirty years…READ MORE

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