Ask Prof Wolff: Beyond a Two-Party System

A Patron of Economic Update asks: "There's obviously a great deal of buzz/in-fighting among the greater independent left about the virtue of building a "Working People's" Party outside the Democratic apparatus, to better satisfy the wide range of political thought encompassed by the political axis most of us millennials are well familiar with, yet boomers seem to be pigeonholed into a false dichotomy and hung up upon. You've discussed this briefly in the past, but going into the new year, perhaps we can get a "Statis Update" (no pun intended) on the progress we've seen with either the Movement for a People's Party vs the larger question of how this restrictive 2-party system oppresses independent thought, Ranked Choice Voting ordinances (and how these local campaigns can kickstart 3rd party efforts), and how this can effect the national campaign to OPEN the electoral system we see today."

This is Professor Richard Wolff's video response.

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  • Martin Holsinger
    commented 2022-10-11 13:58:12 -0400
    As somebody who has been active with the Green Party for over twenty years, I can tell you that the legal and media obstacles to launching a new political party are all but impossible to overcome unless you have the kind of money that is only available to supporters of capitalism. Every step of the way has been fortified against competition. Ballot access is tortuous and expensive. The media are owned by the supporters of the duopoloy, and our winner-take-all electoral system shuts out even significant minority opinions.
  • Quinn Hettinger
    commented 2022-01-21 06:41:28 -0500
    Thank you for sharing nice explentation.

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