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Centrism is defined alternately as a political position upheld by people who seek genuine compromise between leftist and right-wing factions in the political spectrum for legitimate reasons, and as a type of political non-position maintained by whitebread uninformed people who are easily upset by any kind of passionate discourse and insist that the solution must lie inbetween the two extremes. It is this latter definition that this article will focus on.

Centrism is a characteristically whitebread belief, because it is only superficially sound compared to what investigation reveals. Centrists tend not to congregate or form organized political movements. They also tend not to identify themselves as such, because the existence of the centrist position is not well known and slightly unintuitive, and since they tend not to be deeply involved in political events or terminology, the term would be well outside their scope of knowledge.

Inherent assumptions within Centrism

Centrism assumes that there are only two polar extremes to every issue. For instance, they may think that a democratic society prone to fundamentalist lobbying and a communist society apt to praise the virtues of the common man may both persecute and stunt science equally, and that only some vague middle position between the two will have the best results. This may actually be true, but not simply because a middle ground is always automatically the best. What this assumes is that all societies exist only on a one-dimensional slider from democracy to communism. Numerous other factors also contribute to the state of a society, and a technocracy, which may or may not by it's very nature annul many of the factors necessary to determine a communist from democratic society, would a priori be the most pro-science society.