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    Third Way is an economically centre to centre-right, civically moderate and culturally variable (though usually center-left) ideology inhabiting the centre square. It is the child of Econlib.png Economic Liberalism/Neoliberal-icon.png Neoliberalism and Soclib.png Social Liberalism/Socdem.png Social Democracy, borrowing elements from both. As with most centrist balls, it seeks to find a compromise between different political positions.


    The modern understanding of Third Way politics was popularized in the 1990s by Anthony Giddens, who wrote a series of books detailing the qualities of the Third Way. He called for a re-evaluation of policies from both Progress.png progressive and Conserv.png conservative Con-t.png parties. The ideology became popular in many western countries, including the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Mainland Europe. The most notable advocates for Third Way are former Cball-US.png American president Clinton.png Bill Clinton and former Cball-UK.png UK prime minister New Labourism.png Tony Blair, who both supported its ideas while in office during the 1990s and early 2000s

    Cball-UK.png United Kingdom New Labourism.png

    In the 90s, the concept of the "Third Way" was first thought up by Giddenism.png Anthony Gidden. Originally intended to be a rebranded version of Socdem.png Social Democracy, aswell as an alternative to traditional forms of Soc-h.png Socialism and Cap.png Capitalism. The UKLab.png Labour Party, after 4 consecutive election losses to the Con-t.png Tory Party, decided to adopt Giddenism.png Gidden's idea of the "Third Way" under the leadership of New Labourism.png Tony Blair and rebranded itself as "New Labour". Blair moved the party to the Rightunity-yellow.png right, embracing most of Thatcher.png Margaret Thatcher's polices. Blair went on to beat the Con-t.png Tories in a landslide in 1997, being the first UKLab.png Labour leader to be PM in 18 years. After his involvement in the Iraq War in 2003, Blair's premiership became increasingly unpopular with the public. He resigned in 2007 and was replaced with Brownism.png Gordan Brown, who was nearly identical to Blair in policy but differed interpersonally. Brown lost in a landslide against the Con-t.png Tories under Cameronism.png David Cameron in 2010. His replacement, EdMiliband.png Ed Miliband was slightly to the left of him and Blair, but still compromised on issues like austerity. In 2015, Corbynism-ball.png Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the UKLab.png Labour Party and his victory was seen as a rejection of the New Labourism.png Blairite establishment and the party finally moving back to the Leftunity.png left. However, now that Corbyn has been replaced with new leader Starmer.png Keir Starmer, the party has now mostly reverted back to the centre to centre-left.

    Cball-US.png United States NewDem.png

    In the mid 80s, the NewDem.png New Democrats faction of the Demcr.png Democratic Party first appeared, emerging after the landslide victories by president Reagan.png Ronald Reagan. Instead of continuing with the more left-leaning direction the party had taken since FDRismF.png FDR, this new group embraced Reagan's economic reforms with more of an emphasis on Progress.png progressive values, due to feeling that the party was becoming out of touch on economic issues. Clinton.png Bill Clinton became the first New Democrat to win the presidency in 1992, with the New Democrats becoming the dominant faction in the party since. Obamium.png Barack Obama, in a meeting with the New Democrat Coalition, said he was a New Democrat. Hillary.png Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2016 as a New Democrat, but lost. During the presidency of Trumpism.png Donald Trump, many Moder.png Moderates in the RepubUS.png Republican Party swapped to the New Democrat Coalition. Bidenism.png Joe Biden, one of the first New Democrats, won the American presidency in 2020.

    Cball-France.png France Macron.png

    One of the most notable proponents of Third Way politics in France is current president Macron.png Emmanuel Macron and his party "La République En Marche!". The party was founded with a goal to "modernise and moralise" French politics, and would go on to win in a landslide against Right-Wing candidate MarineLePen.png Marine Le Pen in the 2017 election. Politicians also associated with Third Way politics include former president François Hollande and former prime minister Manuel Valls.

    Cball-Romania.png Romania PSD.png

    • Ion Iliescu is a Romanian politician and engineer, the founder of the PSD.png Social Democratic Party, who served as President of Romania from 1989 to 1996 and from 2000 to 2004. Iliescu rose to prominence during the Cball-SRRomania.png communist era when he joined the Romanian Communist Party (PCR) in 1953 and became a member of its Central Committee in 1965. He was eventually marginalized by dictator Natcom.png Nicolae Ceaușescu and eventually came to play a leading role in the Romanian Revolution during the fall of communism.

    After the overthrow of Ceaușescu in December 1989, Ion Iliescu was recognized as the co-leader leader of the National Salvation Front (FSN) an organization formed by second-rank Communist party members opposed to the policies of Ceaușescu to fill in the power vacuum caused by the fall of the dictator and lead the transition to parliamentary democracy. In recent times Iliescu has been accused of committing crimes against humanity by approving deadly militaristic measures against civilians during the aftermath of the Romanian Revolution.

    In 2004, during Iliescu's second presidency, Romania joined NATO and has taken part in the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War with boots-on-the-ground troops in both wars.

    Cball-Australia.png Australia AusModel.png

    Third Way in Australia largely takes the form of AusModel.png Economic Rationalism, which was a movement with in the ALP.png Labor Party lead by RightSocDem.png Bob Hawke. It shifted the formally Socdem.png social democratic ALP to more market based solutions. WIP


    As the political situation is different, there is a difference in the interpretation of the third way by each country. Although each country does not explicitly advocate a “third way,” one commonality can be found:

    This Third way (left-wing regimes) have largely embraced neoliberalism since the 1980s, denying the existing excessive welfare policies, and claiming a new "radical" center course, breaking away from socialist ideology.

    The left, which has represented the working class, sets the new middle class as a political base and attempts to change as the living standards of the working class improve and the scope expands.


    Third Way believes in a theory of Social-ism.png "social-ism" which tries to pursue the goals of equality and social justice in a framework of a Neoliberal-icon.png Neoliberal society. By fusing traditional social democratic goals with an acceptance of globalism and free markets, Third Way creates a philosophy which is similar to Soclib.png Social Liberalism or Radcent.png Radical Centrism, but built on a more modern theoretical basis. In Beyond Left and Right, Giddens gives a 6 point ideological framework of the Third Way

    • Repair damaged solidarities.
    • Recognise the centrality of life politics.
    • Accept that active trust implies generative politics.
    • Embrace dialogic democracy.
    • Rethink the welfare state.
    • Confront violence.


    There are two Third Way factions: The Soclib.png social liberal faction and the Socdem.png social democratic faction. TrudeauLib.png Justin Trudeau belongs to the social liberal branch while New Labourism.png Tony Blair belongs to the social democrat branch. Despite holding similar policy prescriptions, the philosophical differences between social liberalism and social democracy apply here and it explains many policy divisions among Third Wayers.


    Third Way advocates champion a Soccap.png "social captalist" economic system. They hope to achieve Soclib.png social liberal or Community.png communitarian ends within the context of a Neoliberal-icon.png neoliberal system. Third Wayers support Welf.png welfare programs, but, accepting Rightunity-yellow.png right-wing criticisms of benefits (e.g., waste and discouraging productivity), will balance it out with an emphasis on personal responsibility.

    For example, they will favor increasing access to education and vocational training (as seen with Hillary.png Hillary Clinton's plan to eliminate educational tuition and debt), so the impoverished can "pull themselves up by the bootstraps" by acquiring marketable skills: A government-funded scheme that not only allows more people to attain economic security (increasing Indiv.png individual liberty in a positive sense or benefiting the community by reducing intergenerational poverty), but encourages people to make something of themselves.

    Third Wayers pursue other neoliberal economic policies, such as cutting Regulationism.png "unnecessary government red tape", privatizing social services, gutting perceivably ineffective welfare programs, a positive relationship between Corp.png business and Statist.png state, and (sometimes but not always) Antisoc.png union busting.[12] Third Way economics can be compared to Orlib.png Ordo-Liberalism, though modernized and friendlier to Cap.png big capital.

    Foreign Policy

    Proponents of the Third Way have been known to take a generally interventionist foreign policy and have made several alliances with Necon.png Neoconservatism. Most infamous example being when New Labourism.png Tony Blair allied with GWB.png George W. Bush to invade Iraq in 2003.

    Another example is the GRUNEN.png German Green Party, which holds broadly atlanticist and pro-NATO stances on diplomacy. It follows what it dubs a "foreign policy to protect human rights", manifested in their hawkish stance on autocratic regimes such as Russia and China. Current German foreign minister Baerbock.png Annalena Baerbock has stated in the past that military intervention is sometimes necessary in order to save human lives.
    The most infamous example of military intervention by the Greens is that of 1999, when the foreign minister JoschkaFischer.png Joschka Fischer decided to deploy German troops in Kosovo, thus marking the first time since WW2 that German troops have been involved in a foreign war. This action made Fischer receive high amounts of criticism, particularly from the contemporary GerSPD.png GRUNEN.png red-green coalition as well as LINKE.png the opposition, the former of which having felt left behind in the decision making process.


    Some leftists still argue that even if the equality of labor and educational opportunities (which is proposed as a welfare policy) provides opportunities for everyone, it is difficult to guarantee "actual equality" because the situation after that (employment, startup ect..) is left to one's ability.
    Opinions from socialists

    How to Draw

    Pink Rose Design

    Flag of Third Way (Pink rose design)
    1. Draw a ball
    2. Draw a rose in pink
    3. Add the eyes and you're done!
    Color Name HEX RGB
    Pink #FF00AF 255, 0, 175
    White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255

    Official Logo Design

    Flag of Third Way (Official Logo)
    1. Draw a ball
    2. Draw the a black compass with a ring
    3. Add the eyes and you're done!
    Color Name HEX RGB
    Black #141414 20, 20, 20
    White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255



    • Pragmat.png Pragmatism - I'm basically him codified into an ideolgy.
    • Neoliberal-icon.png Neoliberalism - I owe it all to you dad! Just please try to compromise with Soclib more.
    • Radcent.png Radical Centrism - Mixing up the center gang.
    • Moder.png Moderatism - One of my biggest fans.
    • World.png Globalism - Globe Gang!
    • LibInternat.png Liberal Internationalism - Global Liberalism Gang!
    • Soclib.png Social Liberalism - My other dad, who will begrudgingly admit that my policies are a good compromise. Usually forms coalitions with me.
    • Demcr.png US Democrats - Fellow member of Bill Clinton and Obama fan club.
    • Necon.png Neoconservatism - My best friend! From Yugoslavia, to Iraq, to Libya, our teamwork makes the dream work. Still, calm down a bit.
    • Soccap.png Social Capitalism - Literally me.
    • Orlib.png Ordo-Liberalism - My German predecessor.
    • Fiscon.png Fiscal Conservatism ConNeoLIb.png - Austerity time!
    • Rockrep.png Rockefeller Republicanism - My more conservative brother. We must stay moderate!
    • Lib.png Liberalism - Grandpa who is too anti-war sometimes, but good direction.
    • Zio.png Zionism - I have my disputes with Bibi and the Israeli far-right but Obama gave you the Iron Dome and signed historic military aid deals for you.
    • Liberaltarianism.png Liberaltarianism - The best type of libertarian and most certainly not a lolbert.
    • Welf.png Welfarism - Ok, just needs some reform to get people working again.
    • Nordmodel.png Nordic Model - Scandinavian pal. The fact that all of you are either in, or want to join NATO makes it all better.
    • PolState.png Police Statism - Hey buddy, want some more military gear?
    • NatProg-0.png Bull Moose Progressivism - Economically a bit too far, but we are both progressive welfarist hawks.
    • Socdem.png Social Democracy - Hates my deregulation and fiscal responsibility. But also a fellow economic centrist and a triggerer of lolberts and contards.
    • Liberalconservative.png Liberal Conservatism Libconserv3.png - A member of the Centrist-yellow.png centrist Moder.png moderate Gang and some of my supporter used to support you but please compromise with Soclib.png soclib instead of Conserv.png him. Also a Republican worth changing parties for and I'm very greatful to you for you rathering abandon your party than support that laughable Prince but still, see you in elections!
    • Pinkcap.png Pink Capitalism - More libertarian counterpart of mine, still calm down a bit, m'kay?
    • Girondi.png Girondism and Plain.png La Plaineism - You both should've been the direction of the french revolution!


    • Socliber.png Social Libertarianism - Andrew Yang is based but most of you complain about me being a ”Woke Imperialist” and an ”Establishment Shill” as if that is a bad thing.
    • Clib.png Classical Liberalism - My great-grandpa! Even more anti-war, but at least economically based. Still, my regulation is necessary.
    • 3princ.png Tridemism - Ok economics, but I prefer DPP to rule Taiwan you CCP shill.
    • Chilib.png Chicago School - Your economics are good, but can you focus on equality a little bit more?
    • Keynes.png Keynesianism - I support regulatory capitalism and welfare, but can you please be more fiscally responcible and more privatized?
    • Gaddafi.png Gaddafism - While he may be a totalitarian dictator, I like his idea of the "Third International Theory" and we had a brief alliance in the 2000s. But I still had to take him out when the time came.
    • Prog.png Progressivism - Feminism and gay rights sound pretty cool! Just please don't bring up Iraq or Clinton banning gay marriage
    • Yeltsin.png Yeltsinism - Some say I helped you rig the 1996 Russian Election. Either way, we clashed over Chechnya. Still better than Putin.
    • Dengf.png Dengism - Sorry for bombing your embassy in Belgrade, 1999. But I let you join WTO and helped you integrate into the world economy. Unfortunately, Xi taking you back to the days of Mao so our alliance has come to an end.
    • PiS.png PiS - Too conservative, but at least you're also a pro-NATO welfarist. And you're a Huge fan of Zelensky, too! But please leave Tusk and Trzaskowski alone.
    • Shia.png Shia Theocracy - What I replaced Saddam in Iraq. In retrospect, after the rise of ISIS and Al-Qaeda, maybe I should’ve thought things through in beforehand.
    • Neobert.png Neo-Libertarianism - A bit too deregulated in general but it's still pro-NATO and pro-interventions.
    • Khom.png Khomeinism - Contrary what Republicans may say, the JCPOA (Iran Nuclear Deal) isn’t meant to appease you but rather to contain your influence in the Middle East. Also, I helped the Saudis bomb your proxy in Yemen.
    • Socauth.png Social Authoritarianism - You're going way too far there buddy. Please ignore Blair and Clinton increasing police power and Thaksin's war on drugs.
    • Nalib.png National Liberalism - What's keeping you off the enemies list is the DPP-Taiwan.png DPP and SpaCiudadanos.png Ciudadanos being some of the most amazing friends I could ever ask for and to certain extent Bibi.png Bibi, Navalny.png Navalny and Sternenko.png Sternenko The rest of you are a bunch of xenophobic Brexit-loving trash.
    • Honk.png Satirism - I'm not sure if I will enjoy your jokes and Your Obama Prism memes are the reasons some people don't take Obama seriously, but Colbert.png Stephen Colbert is super based.
    • Statlib.png State Liberalism - This is just a strawman who is too deregulated and dogmatic economically. But Trudeau and Thaksin are close to you.
    • Medvedev.png Medvedevism - Preferable to Putin as we had a good partnership during the Russian Reset. But now you're insane.
    • Civnat.png Civic Nationalism - Most tolerable member of his family.
    • Modnat.png Patriotism - Sorry but you have the bronze medal.


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    1. Speech by Tony Blair to the Labour Party Conference 1994
    2. Carl Bildt generally side with the Democrats such as Clinton, Obama, and Biden in US elections and despise populism and traditionalism. He also reformed and privatized the Swedish welfare state without abolishing it.
    3. https://amp.theguardian.com/politics/2022/may/13/tony-blair-tells-keir-starmer-to-drop-woke-politics-and-focus-on-economy-labour
    4. During the second half of the 2010s, his often incomprehensible speeches became the subject of various memes.
    5. Barack Obama takes on 'woke' call-out culture: 'That's not activism'
    6. https://kosovotwopointzero.com/en/not-a-feminist-government/
    7. https://apnews.com/article/europe-business-albania-tirana-cabinets-2b36eed37b209e051278d1b10327ad7f
    8. https://www.aei.org/articles/why-the-german-left-is-better-for-free-markets-than-the-right-2/
    9. https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304141204577508530981893226
    10. https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/bilanz-der-aera-schroeder-der-zwischenkanzler-a-379027.html
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    12. Labor unions are a source of division among Third Wayers. Some of them are supportive (Bob Hawke); some are outright hostile (Emmanuel Macron); others are indifferent (Justin Trudeau).


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