Thesh wrote:There's also another type of centrist, the "rational" centrists who see themselves as centrists because they only apply facts and logic, and ignore feelings, and thus do not side with either Republicans or Democrats - but facts are usually "common sense" or picked cherries, and logic usually just means arguing for classical liberalism as if philosophy is settled, or the definitions of words as if language is above critique, and this usually means they oppose social justice and side with Republicans.
https://theoutline.com/post/7083/the-ma ... love-logic
If a talking duck is running around calling itself an alligator does that make it any less of a duck or more of an alligator?
What you've got there in that article is neo-nazi shitheads arguing in bad faith, not a political centrist or moderate. It's an intentional deception from someone who is clearly not a political/philosophical centrist.
What do they get out of doing it? Two things mostly. First off is they get to cloak their arguments in a claim of middle-ground "I'm not really a Nazi" credibility. If someone's not quite paying attention (and a shocking number of people don't really pay attention to politics) they might just buy the bullshit long enough to cast a vote in the desired direction. Secondly: It can discredit "centrism" in the eyes of the progressives, who then go on to insult and associate crimes against humanity against centrists (and moderates given the ambiguity in the 'Webster Dictionary' definitions of the words), which drives the middle away from the progressives attacking them.
If someone classifies themselves as a moderate or a centrist then goes on to espouse reactionary policies, they are neither moderate nor centrist, and we should be careful not to let them get away with claiming that they are.
If a talking duck is claiming to be an alligator, but it still walks, quacks and swims like a duck, it's still a duck.
I also wouldn't use the word "Rational" with regards to the people discussed in the article, since as it is noted in the article their "rationale" are often flawed or outright wrong. Again, Just because the travelling snake-oil salesman claims his cure-all is made with the latest science and research doesn't necessarily make it so.