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Two Cheers for Two Parties
Hosted By John Donvan
Thursday, February 13, 2020 -
18:00 to 19:45
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Thursday, February 13, 2020
06:00 PM − 07:45 PM PST
Dolby Laboratories, Inc
1275 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
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Upcoming Debate February 13, 2020
Two Cheers for Two Parties

Facing extreme partisanship and polarization, America's two-party system has come under fire. Critics argue that the two-party system runs contrary to the founders' intent and has created a political system that fails to represent the electorate, concentrates power for the elites, and makes compromise impossible. They say it's time for real structural change. But others are more cautious. They argue that the two-party system is necessary to rein in extremes on both sides and promote the democratic institutions that are necessary to the nation's political and social stability. Further, they argue that multi-party democracies around the world -- including Israel, the UK, and Italy -- are now struggling to maintain stability and should serve as a warning to Americans seeking reform at home. As the nation gears up for the 2020 presidential election, we ask: Is the two-party system good for democracy? 

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This debate is presented with generous support from the Dolby Family in partnership with Hirsch Philanthropy Partners.

About The Debaters
For The Motion
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Yascha Mounk − Lecturer, Harvard University & Senior Fellow, New America
Yascha Mounk is a lecturer on political theory at Harvard University, a senior fellow at New America, and a... read bio
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Norman Ornstein − Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
Norman Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies politics,... read bio
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Lee Drutman − Author, "Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop"
Lee Drutman is a political scientist and author focused on political parties and democracy. His recent book,... read bio
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Katherine Gehl − Entrepreneur & Political Reformer
Katherine Gehl is a business leader, political innovation activist, author, and speaker. Gehl leads Venn... read bio
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