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Willing the ends but not the means

Chris Dillow / August 22, 2017 at 12:39 PM 125 views

There’s a link between two of my recent posts which I’d like to bring out. It’s that actually-existing centrists and rightists make a mistake of willing the ends but not the means. For example, centrists rightly want us to remain…

A better centrism

Chris Dillow / August 21, 2017 at 12:53 PM 211 views

Several readers have complained about my criticism of centrism. “Your idea of centrism is not mine” they say. To which I say: now you know how I feel when rightists claim that centrally planned economies discredit socialism; they are attacking…

On zero-sum thinking

Chris Dillow / August 19, 2017 at 11:44 AM 255 views

One reason to welcome Steve Bannon’s departure from the White House is that it represents a setback for zero-sum thinking. His idea that the US is at “economic war” with China embodies an us vs them mentality: what’s good for…

Centrism: the problem, not the solution

Chris Dillow / August 17, 2017 at 11:57 AM 228 views

There’s talk, much of sceptical, of the formation of a new centre party. For me, this misses the point – that centrists are the problem, not the solution. Owen Jones is bang right to say: It is the economic order…

Job polarization

Chris Dillow / August 16, 2017 at 12:23 PM 243 views

Today’s labour market figures show that we’re seeing job polarization – a relative decline of middling jobs. My chart shows the point. It shows changes in employment by occupation since 2010, when employment troughed*. You can see there’s been a…