The battle cry of the politically homeless
Almost 70 percent of Americans, labeled ‘the exhausted majority’, are harboring intense feelings of ideological isolation. They’re politically homeless
"Both parties demand totalitarian-like devotion to their ideology and if you’re indifferent, apathetic or nuanced in your approach to politics, you’ll end up in the wasteland of the center—tribeless, unprotected and increasingly insulated."
"I’m tired of the toxic tribalism infecting the very foundations of our democracy, straining our relationships, and poisoning our view of our fellow humans," writes
"Upon voicing on social media what you think are fairly normal, moderate views, you find out something you didn’t know — YOU ARE THE ENEMY." By
Political homelessness is decried as dirty “both sidesism” but it’s real for tons of people.
"While both sides increasingly weaponize reason and peddle conspiracy in order to defend insanity, millions of sensible, moderate Americans grapple with the choice to join a tribe, tune out, or go insane."
Jen the Libertarian
Apropos of yesterday’s Portlandia nonsense and the online reaction to it I’m reupping
’s piece on the exhausted majority To all my politically homeless - we keep the door open for you whenever you’re ready
The vast majority of Americans want to be able to “agree to disagree” with their neighbors. They want to feel whole as a society and unboxed-in rather than forced into an atmosphere of political tribalism.
The battle cry of the politically homeless | Spectator USA by
A ton of people have expressed this view privately to me. Very few have the guts to lay it out the way
does here. Come for the quality writing, stay for the dose of sanity.
“The trouble with living under mob law is that no one can be honest. But this siloing of the public and private personas needs to stop....We can’t expect integrity from our leaders if we don’t expect it of ourselves.” The great
, absolutely stinkin' brilliant. You just said what 99.9% of everyone I know feels. Thank you for this 🙌
James Lindsay, smug little butterbal
We're changing the world. We're building our own home. Eviction notices for extremists are overdue.
has been pilloried by both left & right after this superb piece giving voice to thoughtful moderation. That just means she hit the mark. A must read.
Andrew Heaton 🎩
Loved this piece by
on the exhausted majority, and how nuance and non-partisan thinking are increasingly dangerous positions
Not speaking to author as she has good account but most centrist accounts are boring. No book reviews, music, culture, or interesting insight about anything. Just fence sitting and whining about “both sides are crazy lol I’m so above it all.”
"People I speak to at length in person have all manner of opinions and thoughts that they not only didn’t feel comfortable admitting publicly, but for which they go out of their way to craft an online image that portrays the opposite." —
Seeing all of the divide and chaos I’m right in my home town after the Trump rally last night, I’m just becoming depressed about it at this point. This article from
is such an important read.
“Extremes have become more extreme and shades of gray are shunned... Anyone moderate with a brain and anything to lose has largely gone silent.” Brilliant piece by
on the current toxic climate of political tribalism.
: “Opt to tune out and you’re ‘carrying water for Nazis’ or a ‘cuckservative.’ Join a tribe, and you have to completely abandon your ability to think critically. No matter what — everyone seems to be going crazy.”
Scotty B, Phetasy Doctorate (PhD)
Great piece by
explaining why I'm "weary of Trumpcentricity™️"
The battle cry of the politically homeless | Spectator USA if we don’t wake up and start speaking up it will get worse.
A much appreciated voice in
- This is what intelligence, honesty and courage look like.
"I understand why the silent majority is uneasy. They’re not wrong to worry that sharing their opinion on Facebook could cost them their livelihood."
“Both parties demand totalitarian-like devotion to their ideology and if you’re indifferent, apathetic or nuanced in your approach to politics, you’ll end up in the wasteland of the center — tribeless, unprotected and increasingly insulated.”
Great summary of what it’s like to be an independent in our present war zone of extreme partisan politics
"Both parties demand totalitarian-like devotion to their ideology and if you’re indifferent, apathetic or nuanced... you’ll end up in the wasteland of the center — tribeless, unprotected and increasingly insulated." Well said,
"We all abandon our duty as citizens when we put party loyalty over thinking critically and speaking truthfully. We can’t expect integrity from our leaders if we don’t expect it of ourselves." Indeed. Well said, Bridget.
Pamela Paresky (Habits of a Free Mind
by Bridget Phetasy