We Must End Two-Party Duopoly

Harvard Business School recently released new research about how our two-party duopoly is stifling competition in political thought and hurting America [1].

In a nutshell, the research says that the duopoly of Democrats and Republicans has become self-serving, more interested in retaining its major party status, fundraising lots of money, and keeping others out of the process than actually governing and tackling important issues on behalf of Americans. The research then goes on to recommend a few ways of tackling the two-party duopoly by encouraging more competition and diversity of thought in elections.

The researchers suggest the following actions to ensure our elected officials focus on the needs of the people and not the needs of the party:

  1. Open non-partisan primaries, taking the top four candidates into the general election
  2. Ranked choice voting, instead of plurality, to ensure we select the consensus candidate
  3. Non-partisan independent redistricting commission to tackle gerrymandering
  4. Change presidential debates rules to require more than just two duopoly candidates
  5. Non-partisan independent legislative rules commission to ensure the major parties do not abuse legislative process to force their agenda on citizens
  6. Diminish role of money in politics by encouraging more small donors (with government matching of donations) and requiring greater transparency of spending

The researchers also make a strong argument that we need more independent candidates (including Greens!) running for all levels of government to put pressure on the major parties, as has been done throughout American history, as well as judicial court action against unfair laws.

The Green Party has already included most of the ideas listed in this research in its past platforms, including the most recent 2016 platform. In fact, the Green platform goes much further than these steps, including: requiring voter-verified paper audit trails for voting machines, proportional representation, abolishing the electoral college, constitutional amendments against corporate money in campaigns, publicly-funded campaigns, automatic registration, a none-of-the-above option on all ballots, and much more. Read the Green platform on Democracy for more information [2]. Our candidates have also fought in court against unfair laws against independent and third party candidates; presidential candidate Jill Stein won in court against unfair ballot access laws in Pennsylvania and also fought in court against Pennsylvania’s lack of verifiable paper trail in elections, while PA state representative candidate Cheri Honkala recently fought in court over election fraud.

We invite all those interested in overturning the duopoly and restoring grassroots democracy to join us. Help campaign for Green candidates, and write to other candidates and elected officials to encourage them to adopt the #GreenNewDeal for restoring grassroots democracy.

One thing you can do in PA in 2017 is help us spread the word about the Green candidate for Superior Court, Jules Mermelstein! See his website at : http://mermelstein4judge.org. #Jules4Judge #IntegrityMatters

Or, consider running for state or federal office in 2018 as a Green! We’re looking for candidates interested in fighting for the #GreenNewDeal at the state or federal level, and tackling the two-party duopoly so we can accomplish other parts of the Green platform: single payer universal healthcare, ending wars, free college tuition for all, a living wage and expanded labor rights, criminal justice reform including ending for-profit prisons, switching to renewable energy to combat climate change, rebuilding public infrastructure, and more!

Interested in running for office as a Green? Check out our local website if you’re in Allegheny County: http://www.alleghenycountygreens.org/run-for-office/, or statewide in Pennsylvania: http://greenwaveofpa.com. #DemExit #GreenEnter #OurRevolution

References:

[1] http://www.hbs.edu/news/releases/Pages/why-competition-us-politics-industry-failing.aspx

[2] http://www.gp.org/democracy_2016