Explore the Issues from Three Sides
Here we debate the larger issues behind the everyday news stories. Just click on each issue in the column at right to see the prevailing conservative (red) and leftist (blue) arguments, followed by the supremely sensible New Moderate (purple) position.
- Righty is our hypothetical right-winger. He’s probably a middle-aged white Christian male, a loyal middle manager, definitely a churchgoer, educated at the state university, married to the same white Christian woman since college, father of two white Christian children, resolutely suburban, and a diehard member of the vanishing middle-middle class.
- Lefty is our model left-winger: middle-aged, possibly male or female (we’re not sure about Lefty), director of a nonprofit organization as well as adjunct professor at an urban university, a self-proclaimed atheist, privately educated, divorced, resident of a fashionable downtown neighborhood, and unmistakably upper-middle class in manner and social connections.
Righty and Lefty are more than foils. Yes, sometimes I’ve caricatured their ideas for our amusement, but just as often I’ve put impassioned and well-articulated arguments into their mouths. Remember, not all conservative and liberal ideas are nonsense. They’re just extreme.