This is proving to be a very exhilarating year politically as established parties, right across the globe, are striving to redefine themselves as the true representatives of either the Left or Right. Gone is the myth that the place of political advantage lies in the center where moderates like myself like to hang out. In very polarized polities such as the United States, Great Britain, and Canada the progressive movements – greater equality and justice for all – have emerged as forces to be reckoned with. Within the British Labor party, the Canadian Liberal and Socialist parties, and the US Democratic counterpart, there is a growing youth movement demanding radical social change. Issues such as student debt, jobs, healthcare, affordable housing, climate change, renewable energy, and drug abuse are the catalysts that are now driving public debate. Meanwhile on the Right, many traditional voters seem to be fixated on preserving economic gains such as good-paying jobs, lower taxes, and the guarantee of a paid-up retirement. Now, to say that political society divides neatly along these lines is to be naive. I’m of the assumption that it simply comes down to them vs us battle. Analysts explain the breakdown as a fluid cross-over between moderates on both sides during elections that makes things interesting. Here in BC, the governing Liberals of sixteen years were recently ousted by the thinnest of margins when the second-place Socialists formed a coalition with the radical fringe party, the Greens. This was only possible because some moderates, excluding myself, voted for change because they were disgruntled with the ruling party. With the help of a special accord, the NDP are ready to embark on a very bold mandate to remake society. In the US, as of today, Senator Bernie Saunders is on the verge of upsetting the status quo within the Democratic Party by encouraging his followers to oppose any candidate who doesn’t support single-payer or socialist medical insurance as a way of saving Obamacare. This is no idle threat given the fact that the junior senator from Vermont has a national following in the millions. Are we about to witness a major shift to the left of moderates who see single-payer as a long-term fix for what physically ails America? The irony, in all this, is that while single-payer may seem to be working in other countries such as Canada, there is no guarantee that it would ever work in the USA because of its complex nature: fifty states responsible for running a national program that would require a significant boost in taxes to pay for it. With that prospect, there is no chance that corporate America and the rich would ever backstop such a grand plan.