Questions About Third Way
by Chris Bowers, Tue May 22, 2007 at 11:56:26 PM EDT
- Why are all of the honorary chairs and vice-chairs of the group Democrats? Has this always been the case throughout the history of the group? Have any federally elected Republicans ever served in a prominent position in Third Way? I doubt it, because ever since I first heard President Clinton use the term "third way" about ten years ago, the only other Americans I have heard use the term are Democrats. So, if Third Way is just a bunch of Democrats, what exactly does this make them "third" from?
- I am a lefty, a liberal, a progressive--whatever you want to call it. The point is that I use those terms to make it clear that I am not a moderate or a centrist in the spectrum of American politics. Given this, does Third Way consider conservatives and people like me to be equally wrong when it comes to public policy? The reason I ask this is because Third Way defines itself as"a non-profit, non-partisan strategy center for progressives." If they are progressives, once again, what exactly are they "third" from?
Really, all of my questions boil down to this one question: to what two other ways, exactly, is Third Way "third?" It is only when I hear the answer to that question that I can determine if it is a group I want to work with or not. I mean, if we not only disagree on everything, but their entire purpose for existence is to help prevent my desired public policy initiatives from being enacted, then why would I possibly want to work with them, or even talk with them? Working with a group whose expressed goal is to defeat your "way" seems rather self-defeating to me.
Seriously, I am not being daft. I want to know what two other ways from which Third Way is "third." What views on public policy fit into one of those two ways? Who holds those views? A few specifics would be helpful. I'd like to know the people and the policies from whom Third Way differentiates itself.
Update: From the comments, The Washington Post and Alternet have interesting articles on the group.