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Of course the moderates can win the battle of ideas.
Most people are moderate, as opposed to extreme. Journalists, as a tribe, would prefer everybody to be extreme, so they'd get more grist for their daily mill. If there aren't enough extremists in sight, they will make sure to make some, by the tone in their writing, neon-lighted by super-hyperbole in their headlines. . A self-condemned Sisyphus by design; or there wouldn't be a job for everyone. And, since the advent of high-speed digital communication, readers, on cue, respond by being extreme. A tried-and-will-work game. Never in the history of journalism should folks in the field be more vigilant in holding themselves accountable.
My dears, the problem is that you define "moderates" as liberal globalists. And that's wrong. Today's moderates are those who want to maintain the economic advantages of globalization but also want to maintain the supremacy of nation states over transnational structures.
Those are the moderates.
I seldom agree with you either in substance or in the facts and reasoning that reach the substance. But this is once I agree with you, and completely. The endless pitting of one (so they* say "Liberal) against another (so they* say "Conservative") and in the middle, presumably (so they* say "Moderate") is getting really tiresome.
The implicit assumption that all things in the world are reducible to a "Me v. You" formula, and from there begin the endless spinning by verbiage is truly off-putting. Neither informed nor intelligent, for one thing.
* In this context, "they" refer to the collective TE.
Not if they can't articulate a clear and concise vision for the future that doesn't involve most of the human population being useless and all the consequences of that.
I think it will be very hard for most of the population to ever trust people claiming the mantle of moderacy again after the Financial Crisis and the response to it administered under moderate (by today's standards) care. Moderates on both sides betrayed their own people totally in the name of protecting large global banking interests.