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I see it more on the far-right/centre-right/centre-left/far-left. The positions being relative to power elite, not policy positions.

With continuing wealth transfers to the top holding sway in one form or the other (austerity, reform, NAIRU unemployment, QE, financial bubbles) being the centre, the centre can not hold. Republicans are tipping far-right while Democrats appear to have beaten of a far-left insurgency.

While the far-left and the far-right are far from each other, they both need to use opposition to the centres policies and use alternatives floating out there to enact new policy positions. Some of which overlap.

So no, I don't think Republicans will turn into a progressive party, even though some (but far from all) of their positions may be grounded in a reality the centre has left behind.

by fjallstrom on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 05:35:05 AM EST
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