A partisan tries to make himself consistent, and thereby exposes himself to the charge of inconsistency. But the centrist—for whom I have no great admiration—merely picks what he likes. He cannot decide between low taxes and more programs, and votes for both. His centrism is nonpartisan without any partisanship behind it; it lacks the public-spirited anger of a partisan and reveals the weakness of a neutral. His vote may decide a contest, but others will decide its meaning.
其实这并非今日，甚至不是今年，而是出自去年的一期The Weekly Standard。曼公的文字气场很足，且是凛然的正气，不像一些中国特色的施派，满纸邪气。对他这篇文章所谈的Glenn Beck，假高明装超越的中立病患者大概是不屑的，比如很多知识分子。（这些知识分子们在别人说“强奸是错的”时估计会想：“我的头脑可不像他们那么简单、极端、不客观不中立，决不能这么人云亦云，“任何一种立论都可能遭受攻击和驳斥”，我一定要构想出一个强奸有理的例子来”。再扯远一点，普通人错了被指出，最多耍耍无赖，说：“老子就……了，怎么样？不服？”轮到知识分子，那你就别指望消停了。他们一定会编出天花乱坠的说辞来让自己正当化甚至崇高化，比如90年代初放弃异议立场转向国家主义，但死不承认自己其实只是和大部分人一样没胆量进秦城，如今又变身国师大捧“中国模式”的那些。要知识分子们说句人话、实在话，比试图用自己的PC生成Bitcoin赶超盖茨的身价还难。）但曼公丝毫不掩饰对Beck的欣赏：
Glenn Beck is a kind of libertarian, and he has made a fair amount of money. But he rejects the private life that libertarians seem to recommend. He goes public with his distrust of everything public and thus requires libertarians to march behind patriotism, religion, and honor—all things not in your immediate self-interest. Though not an educated man, he seems quick-witted: When he discovered that in choosing the date of his rally he had stumbled upon the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s great speech, he quickly adopted the coincidence as if he had intended all along to celebrate King for restoring honor to blacks in America.