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The Two Party System Explained in 3 Sentences

The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth — that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one.

– H.L. Mencken

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I can do it in 3

I can do it in 3 words.

Divide and conquer.


Great quote jay, thanks for sharing :)

I'm reaching up and reaching out.
I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me.
And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been.
We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been.
Spiral out.

Will Rogers did it in ONE sentence:

"The more you observe politics, the more you've got to admit that each party is worse than the other."

Mencken's comment, however, is superior in that it does not merely explain the two party system; it explains Government itself. The "error" that needs to be exposed is NOT that politicians of this or that party are villains; it is the superstition that we NEED politicians to run our lives for us, or that they have the rightful authority to do so.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

And another from the Prairie Raconteur,

or the Rib-Ticklin' Rope-Trickster,
or the Loquacious Lassoist:
"We should be grateful we don't get all the government we pay for."

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Two sides, one statist coin.

Have you ever considered why there are only run-off elections for the lower offices? Parties have run offs in their primaries, but we have this "first past the post" method of determining the winner for the larger offices. This keeps people from voting their conscience out of fear of "splitting the vote" and electing their least-preferred alternative.

In a localist nation, "first past the post" would be scrapped in favor of run-offs for all offices, preferably instant-run offs or "ranked choice voting".

Also, no wonder citizens can't get state officials to REALLY stand up to the feds. State and federal politicians are both members of the same political club! Localism would ban parties that elect state and local officials from running candidates for federal office and vice versa. For more about localism, see Barnes and Noble ebook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/localism-a-philosophy-of-gov...

or Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B0GACAQ

Localism is for people who can still sleep at night even though somebody they don't know in a city they have never been is doing things differently. ("Localism, A Philosophy of Government" on Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook websites)


If only people would use their brains and break free from the conformity mind set.

Question everything.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul