Originally Posted by MrG
I disagree. I think.
I concede that I don't have a comprehensive understanding of Third Way politics, but it strikes me as a little too statist for a big chunk of the "fiscally conservative, socially liberal" crowd (myself included).
I think there are various strains of it. There's no doubt the Euro strains are probably more statist than a US person like we're describing would be comfortable with. Heck, many of my positions, such as a two tier universal public/higher access private health care system gets me, "OMFG!!! SOCIALIZM!!!" from some people. I do not think "Third Way" has a rigid definition but rather an over arching precept that neither socialism nor Randian capitalism is how to order your society and economy. I think, at its root, Third Way is about acknowledging planned economies never really work but that we live in a society and that society probably is best served by some strong public goods being funded through tax revenues.