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Tod Lindberg argues that conservatives are fooling themselves if they think that the U.S. is a “center-right nation.” Me, I’m not sure what it would mean for the country to be either “center-right” or “center-left.” I can see the point of saying that the country is “center right” if the point is that we are, compared to most developed countries, a bit more religious, free-market, and nationalistic in orientation. If that’s all it means to say “center right,” though, we could probably go through a long period of political domination by liberals and still qualify. And I’m not sure what else the phrase could mean.


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