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Storm Warning: Are Left and Right Obsolete?

Time for a reality check. We asked a variety of thinkers to share their thoughts on the conceptual lens through which politics is presently viewed, and their ideas, if any, for future possibilities. Here are their responses to the following question:

"The 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union and the related loss of faith in socialism is commonly viewed as a general discrediting of the left. At the same time, the disappearance of the Cold War has led to what has been called the 'conservative crack-up,' on the right. Do you feel that the long-running practice of viewing the political/economic landscape in terms of left vs. right is still useful? If so, why? If not, do you have any thoughts on what could succeed it?" ?Jay Kinney