My kind of passionate centrism is devoutly loyal to the Enlightenment and -- yes -- patriotic toward a version of Pax Americana representing our best and smartest virtues. Passionate centrism can be roused by events to express vigorous partisanship in a particular election. Not because I prefer simpleminded "left" or "right" -handed solutions, but because overwhelming evidence leads me to conclude that civilization is in danger from a particular gang of manipulative rascals.
In this older article, I appraised the road chosen for us by the "neoconservatives" who used every excuse to plunge us into two trillion-dollar land wars of attrition in Asia, a fetish that may have ended the American Pax. Comparing Iraq and Afghanistan to the Balkans Affair and others, I show that there are fundamental differences between the way Democrats and Republicans wage war. In fact, the party often portrayed as "naive" is by far more practical and fiercely effective. (This will be updated soon, taking into account Libya, Uganda and the take-down of Osama bin Laden.)