I In comparison to the graph offered in the article, I see left-right more as a croissant, pointed at the top, where the "higher authority" oversees the push-me/pull-you dynamics of the left wing and the right wing. But, sometimes, the two pointy, "libertarian," tips of the croissant stretch out more and more, and finally meet each other. We almost got there in 2016, but the tips were drawn back by Central Authority, so that one tip was anger, and one was naive hope, and the angry populism is what won. I will say it every chance I get: This was the DNC Democrats fault, for selfishly forcing Bernie to lose the primary.
But, sometimes the two tips do indeed meet up, in a synthetic populism. Then, the croisant becomes a donut! And, it is possible that this new part of the treat becomes even fatter, and more popular, than the top part - where NEOLIBERAL/ NEOCONSERVATIVE blue dogs and RINOs once held us all together - thins out like a dying epoch. Stooges like McCain, Lindsay, Feinstein, Bush's, Clintons fight with lies to defend and extend the life of dying EMPIRE. But its days are numbered - and Status/ Quo will never be the same! "IN A WORLD..."
That is what I mean by the "Faux Middle giving way to the NEW MIDDLE. The new middle eases out the wrinkles and dissonance, attracts more and more into its more rad, rational, progressive, trustworthy camp, away from the old, false middle. That is a true revolution. And inevitable, with concurrent technological revolution. Unfortunately, with the stupid loss to DONALD TRUMP, it becomes more likely that any revolution will not be sensible, but will be violent. And, a violent "revolution" is just what the "higher authorities" want, because it excuses their use of military and police force, as well as extortion, with the plan of breaking the new movement - which it has the physical power to do, but not the spiritual - or moral - or sensible. Their machines are fueled by the gasses of lies.
So - I have written a lot about bringing the left and right together in this way - peacefully, democratically, constructively. Via the extending tips of the croissant - NOT through the coercion and temptations - the stick and the carrot - of the authoritarian vice, overseeing the fat, bipolarised, center of the croissant. See what I am saying? Nader wrote about this in, "Unstoppable." There is lots of room for agreement, instead of letting social and moral wedge issues continuously divide us. And, there is still time. Trump is just some mad, passing Chimera, leading to a greater age - unless we allow him to destroy us. For more on progressive right+left, please explore my adventurous hashtags, which are also tasty for breakfast.