The Economist recently ran an interesting story on Rhode Island Senator, Lincoln Chafee, calling him "the last of a different kind of Republican." The type of Republican they refer to is the Rockefeller Republican, a faction of Republicans that hold liberal views similar to those of the late Nelson Rockefeller, governor of New York from 1959 to 1974 and Vice President of the United States under President Gerald Ford from 1974 to 1977. As The Economist explains, "this tradition is much keener on good government and fiscal responsibility than the southern-fried version of Republicanism, but also much more responsible and wise than college-town liberalism about international affairs."
The idea of the Rockefeller Republican is appealing to us because it embodies some of the spirit of what we are trying to do with The Inspired Economy. As The Economist explains, "people like Mr Chafee- who experience the cross-pressures of their conservative parties and their liberal electorates- have proved to be some of the great bridge-builders in a divided Congress. They are also some of the great bridge-builders between red and blue America." As Senator Chafee is seen as a bridge in his own right, so too does IE strive to be a link. We want The Inspired Economy to build a bridge between environmentalism and capitalism. We want to foster a community that blurs the lines between idealism and capitalism, finding the common ground that ensures a sustainable future.
Click here to read the full article from The Economist
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This tip came from Dillon Downs, thank you Dillon.