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My background is in political philosophy.  I've over this election season found it interesting that one could break down the three most promenient candidates roughly into the three competing ideologies of the left over the past 50-60 years.  

Edwards would obviously represent the old economic left which has made up such an important part of the Democratic coalition since the time of William Jennings Bryant.  Because the left was globally so deeply influence by Marxism, this was the most radical wing of the party through the Depression era.  U.S. labor history is unusually violent. The Depression was perhaps the only time America has come close to outright revolution.


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In most Western countries, the economic left was broadly sympathetic to Marxism and, after the Russian revolution, to Leninism.  The centrist wing of the Democratic party has mostly challenged the left through the twentith century.  These were progressive liberals who believed the system was worth saving and sought to do so via technocratic means.  They created social programs called the New Deal to avert the threat from Communism and the true potential for revolution during the  

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Originally posted to Descrates on Sat Feb 02, 2008 at 01:10 PM PST.

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