Our Politics Don’t Have to Be This Toxic

If you really knew me, you would know that I enjoy following politics, although I rarely speak about my views in public. Recently I shared a past voting choice as part of a vulnerability exercise and was actually laughed at and ridiculed by the ‘conscious’ group that I was in. Ouch.

The following is a great essay on the stranglehold that the two-party system has on our politics. My favorite line in the essay is:

𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗱, 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲.

Studies show that the silent majority (sometimes called the exhausted majority) of which you are likely a part, represents up to 80% of our population. This silent majority does not resonate with the Progressive Activists or the Devoted Conservatives that dominate our media. (See the Hidden Tribes Report)

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt said,” the worst number of political parties to have in a country is one, but the second-worst number is two.” The two-party system is inherently social destabilizing.

We desperately need election reform and many (myself included) agree that ranked-choice-voting would be the first step. I’m highly pessimistic that anything will change soon as the elites that control both parties will continue to do everything in their power, to stay in power.

Read the article here:
https://quillette.com/2022/07/06/dear-americans-your-politics-dont-have-to-be-this-insane/

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