The Postmodern Party
“Something has to change.” Thus begins the economist Charles Wheelan’s latest book, The Centrist Manifesto. Past manifestos had their calls to arms as well, but they tended to be of the more ambitious variety: “We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor”; “Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains”; or “Workers of the world unite.” Like Jefferson, Rousseau, and Marx and Engels, Wheelan is impatient with the way his world is working. But his impatience is steeped in exactly the kind of ambivalence that stops warriors in their tracks.
About the Author
Jeremy Rozansky is an assistant editor at National Affairs.