It’s been a long time coming, but now the dissolution of the two party system is nigh. The NY Times today reports on a recent survey showing most Democrats distrust the party nominee, Clinton, and even more Republicans distrust its party nominee, Trump. So, to paraphrase Emily Dickinson, What are parties for?
It’s about time we just voted for a candidate we support, regardless of party politics. Given the ubiquity of the Internet and the influence of social media as well as fundraising opportunities online, why bother with a two-party system that serves to serve no one but itself? We need to disintermediate the political system, just as we did with every other 20th century institution left over from the Industrial Revolution.
Everyone could run on an independent ticket, and just as in personalized medicine and personalized education, we could have personalized politics. The person supported by the most persons wins.
Hey, isn’t that what democracy is all about?