Third Ways

Michael Perelman michael at
Thu Sep 24 09:35:08 PDT 1998

The third way is a dead end street. In the United States, where only a small fraction of the people vote, the idea is to appeal to the Republicans rather than to reach out to populist Democrats, who have abandoned electoral politics.

The Republicans follow an equally cynical road, attempting to discourage voter turnout.

The Democrats, by following the third way, have an electoral strategy that does not offend their major donors, which seems to be an overriding concern. The third way seems to be little more than a confession of intellectual and political bankruptcy.

Jesse Jackson's first run at the presidency showed how effective a populist strategy would be, even within the bounds of conventional electoral politics.

I suspect that the appeal of the third way is connected with another thread, namely how few people have moved from the right to the left.


Michael Perelman Economics Department California State University michael at Chico, CA 95929 530-898-5321 fax 530-898-5901

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