"Political parties are like poets, born, not made."
–James A. Garfield
Centrism is characterized by positions that involves support of a degree of social equality and a degree of social hierarchy. Centrists generally want to avoid a significant shift of society either strongly to the left or the right. The term Third Way is often associated with centrists. Centrists in the United States may be more prone to lean liberal on social issues while leaning conservative on economic issues, although this is not always the case.
Perhaps the most successful centrist effort of all time was H. Ross Perot in 1992, who ran for president as an independent and garnered nearly 19% of the popular vote. Centrist-like 2016 presidential candidates include John Kasich, George Pataki and Jim Webb.
The Party Leader of the Center is Edmund Bannister. Email him here.
Left-wing politics are generally characterized by supporting social equality, often in opposition to social hierarchy and social inequality. They typically involve concern for those in society who are perceived as disadvantaged relative to others and a belief that there are unjustified inequalities that need to be reduced or abolished. Leftists are generally social progressives who favor Keynesian economics and the welfare state, as well as a concern for environmental matters. Left-wing politics can range from the center-left, with examples including social democrats and social liberals, as well as the ultra-left, which can include communists and anarchists.
Leftists are generally associated with the Democrat Party in the United States and 2016 candidates include: Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders.
The Party Leader of the Left is Emily Doyle. Email her here.
Right-wing politics are generally characterized by the view that some forms of social stratification or social inequality are either inevitable, natural, normal or desirable. Hierarchy and inequality may be viewed as natural results of traditional social differences and/or from competition in market economies. Rightists generally favor smaller government, laissez-faire capitalism and some sort of government support for an established religion. The right can range from center-right, like the British Conservative Party, to the ultra-right, which can include fascists and authoritarianism.
Rightists are generally associated with the Republican Party in the United States and 2016 candidates include: Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and Scott Walker.
The Party Leader of the Right is Jose Trejos. Email him here.
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