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As an unabashed Democratic centrist (or more precisely center-left), Hilsman believes in an activist government to meet the needs of all the people, but he also believes that government should be effective and efficient, with as little waste of money and human resources as possible. While he frequently takes the Right to task for their excesses during the Obama presidency, he also has been a critic of some of President Obama’s policies and politics.
On the culture front, Hilsman is equally moderate. As a former theater critic for Variety and a frequent commentator on the American cultural scene, he most often takes the point of view of an audience member or other consumer of culture. Hilsman doesn’t have much interest in the fadism and narrow programming that has crept into much of high culture, and he is equally bored by the pandering of mass culture. Call him middle-brow - Hilsman doesn’t mind.
So all that puts Hilsman squarely in the middle of the road as a political and social commentator, which leads to an explanation of the title of this volume of essays – Armadillos and Yellow Lines. Those readers of political commentary will recognize this a reframing of the Jim Hightower quote: “There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow lines and dead armadillos.” His message – stay away from the political middle unless you want to get run over. For better or for worse, Hilsman have accepted the challenge of cheating fate in the middle of the road. Perhaps, after reading these essays, you may want to join him on that lonely patch of asphalt.