Challenging the two-party system

I am writing Beyond the Duopoly to challenge the two-party system in the United States. This blog exists to be my journal and to communicate with my readers.

Monday, June 07, 2004

second section of the book

Here are the chapters in alphabetical order:

Abortion (feminism)--The Ds & Rs, with the collusion of the media, have decided to make abortion the defining political issue. The effect of this is to diminish and even exclude other issues. And feminism does have an anti-male quality.

Alternatives to Left & Right--We are trained to see politics (conflict) on a linear scale between two opposite polls. This prevents us from seeing other public policy possibilities outside "the basepath" between the two poles.

Anti-Southern, anti-rural bias--The popular media and mainstream culture have a bias against the South and people from small towns. When Southerners and country folk aren't being ignored they are usually portrayed as ignorant or idealized in some mythical way.

Corruption--To reduce corruption increase transparency and decrease conflict of interest.

Evil--Labeling "the others" as "evil" (e.g. "Evil Empire", "Axis of Evil", etc.) is inappropriate in politics.

Fear--Too much of U.S. politics is Ds & Rs trying to scare voters into fearing the other parties component constituencies; this is a natural consequence of the two-party system. Fear is the wrong context for shaping public policy.

Logic, numeric and scientific illiteracy--The electorate needs to better understand logic, numbers and science to craft good public policy in a democracy; schools and journalism have a role in creating an electorate that can have meaningful discussions about political choices.

Media--The U.S. media sucks. The United States can't have quality political discussions--essential in a democracy--because the media is so atrocious.

Modernity--The international rise of religious fundamentalism (which almost always curtails the role of women in society) is driven by anxiety created by the feeling of individuals and peoples losing control of their fate because of technology and economics.

Post Marxism--For many Marxism provides the framework for understanding society. To open new possibilities society needs to get past the Marxist understanding of society, especially the conflict between capitalists and proletariat and the faith that history is determined.

Respect--The capitalist/Marxist view is that people struggle to acquire wealth (power). The commodity that people are really struggling for is respect. Society (the whole world) should be striving to treat all people more respectfully. This is true on an individual level and as a matter of public policy.


At 12:53 PM, Blogger Carl Nyberg said...

Which of these topics resonate with you?

Which are unclear?

Which do you disagree with?

Would you add a critique of how the mainstream thinking sees society or U.S. politics?

Should abortion and feminism be split as topics?


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