Thursday, June 09, 2005

Are Moderates and Centrists the Same?

No. They aren't, actually.

Jack Grant at Random Fate explains.


At 11:22 AM, Blogger Rob Jackson said...

Great post by Jack Grant.

So Centrist is a point or range on the political spectrum somewhere in between Liberal and Conservative. Moderate is actually a poll on a completely different spectrum opposite of Dismissive.

Let me know if you think I'm stating it incorrectly, but I like the distinction. I've always thought labelling one's political ideology and behavior on a one-dimensional level was too limiting.

At 12:04 PM, Blogger Alan Stewart Carl said...


Yeah, I think that's a good way to put it. Most Centrists tend to be moderate, but you could be a partisan Centrist, as Jack says.

I would say moderates tend to cluster around the center and that's to account for the confusion in labeling. But I have met fairly far left and right people who are moderate in that they are open to debate, reason and grabbing a beer. ; )

At 12:26 PM, Blogger Heiuan said...

Heh...I'm a flaming, loud, brash, opinionated, newly-discovered Centrist. I haven't really been accused of being too moderate on anything political in the last couple of years, so I had trouble self-identifying. All I knew was that I wasn't a Liberal Democrat nor a Conservative Republican.

As for debates over beer...what're you serving? I don't like stouts as I don't particularly care to chew my beer. I know...I'm a light-weight.

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Rob Jackson said...

I'm pretty much a beer whore, not in quantity so much anymore as in selection. So I can talk politics over any type of suds. Whiskey is also nice.

I'm surely a liberal though I hate being painted into a corner with all of the knee-jerkers out there. That's why I like the two-dimensional approach.

So I'm a moderate liberal who will listen patiently to your well-formed, educated argument while I sip on my Killians before I vehemently disagree with you. :-)


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