The Third Way (Part II): Some Food for Thought
Tomorrow is homework day for my pre-Kindergartener. Typically, she brings home a worksheet with one of the letters of the alphabet for “her” homework. “She” is then tasked with searching the internet for images of animals that begin with the letter, which are then printed, cut, and pasted into a collage of sorts.
Okay, I fess – Mommy and Daddy do the homework.
Okay, I fess again – the teachers expect the parents to do the homework, so there’s nothing wrong here.
But, I am in collage mode now, so I thought I’d run with it for this article.
There are two analogies that have been banted around for some time now. I thought I’d talk a little about each of them, and then present my own analogies. The difference with me, is that I am going to present my analogies in the form of a collage, and then let the reader’s imagination fill in the blanks. Since the movement doesn’t exist now anyway, it’s probably best if our imaginations get a workout.
The first analogy offered by some Third-Way strategists is that of a safe place within a burning building. The problem I have with this is that even if a room could be maintained that was fire-proof, and conditioned with fresh air, and not subject to falling debris .. who would want to live in such a room? I realize that it’s “just an analogy,” but families are being asked to live indefinitely in a situation that finds no basis in Reality.
The second analogy offered by some strategists is that the Third Way movement should be like the French Resistance during WWII. I like this analogy in that it presents a large secret organization that exists in spite of a larger more powerful organization. What I don’t like about it, is that it seems a bit too stressful – who wants to live their life living in a WWII resistance cell, when they don’t have to? Also, in my opinion, one of the goals of the Third Way should be to minimize contact with revisionist elements within TEC; whereas I’m not sure that the goal of WWII resistance movement was similar in this regard.
With that in mind, I would like to present a couple of my own analogies; again, in collage format. If my readers find it too confusing, I promise to spend some time one or two weeks from now, talking about what I think these mean. Until then, I welcome your own comments.
Again, the purpose of the exercise is to fire the imagination.