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HAT Forum - Is Moderation a Virtue?

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When ideas are labelled as extreme, especially in politics, the connotation is typically dismissive. But is it wise to avoid extreme positions?

Do centrists tend to be more open-minded than radicals? More tolerant? Are there differences in style (as opposed to content) that distinguish moderate approaches from extreme approaches?

Would you rather live in a setting in which political debate typically are about details within a broad consensus, or one in which a broad range of ideas compete?

Is there such a thing as moderation in the extreme?

These questions are being framed in a political context. Are there other contexts in which similar questions would make sense?