The crisis that makes centrist political science untenable would correspond to, be the same as, the crisis that makes centrist politics untenable.
Assuming that 2012 things are about like 2011 things or worse (N.B.: big assume; a few months ago most mainstream economists thought happy days were almost here again), then the election will be a paradigm test: Political pseudo-science calls for the Prez under bad economic conditions to be thrown out. Against this theory – immortalized… Continue reading 2012 – it’s the paradigm, stupid
If a resuscitation and revival, a last ditch effort at salvation, or a transfiguration of social democracy is not on today’s political agenda, that may be all the more reason to pass this book on, following Tony Judt’s last requests, to a young person looking forward. It may even be the conservative thing to do.