Words as Weapons
Is the Mainstream Left, Right, or Center?

American political discourse has long revolved around a non-stop labeling game that often does more to obscure political realities than to elucidate them. Is it possible to explode the game?

Published on: June 19, 2019
David Green is the author of The Language of Politics in America: Shaping Political Consciousness From McKinley to Reagan (Cornell University Press, 1991), and a contributor to The American Interest since 2012. He has taught at Ohio State, Cornell, and York University.
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