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The Land of the Binge - NYTimes.com

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' Moderation. It was once held up as an indisputable virtue, virtually synonymous with prudence. Don't get too carried away with any one thing. Don't become too set in your ways. That was the message from parents and teachers and from our culture'We compete extremely (look at Lance). Work out extremely (look all around you). Eat extremely. Watch extreme amounts of whatever we've decided we love, which we love in extremis. Even our weather is extreme: superstorms, Frankenstorms, snowmageddons.And of course extreme campaign spending has contributed to extreme partisanship, the left seeing little merit or valor in just about anyone on the right, the right seeing the whole world with a tunnel vision that's extremely eerie. The deficit of comity has led to the imminent spending cuts known as sequestration, which is an extreme answer to Congress's failure to agree on a course of moderation.'

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