Political parties. The choices are limited. Winner-take-all voting is hard on those who don’t wear red or blue. And in 2020, third-party contenders for the White House maybe even less of a factor. Sorry, Kanye.
So … in this final leg of the U.S. presidential campaign, we’re taking a step back to ask a bigger question: Is a two-party system actually good for the country?
George Washington generally wasn’t a fan, using his farewell address to warn that the “will of a party” might supplant the “will of the nation.” Yet Thomas Jefferson later concluded that “men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties.’’
That usually means there’s more to it than you might think. And after watching this, you may even change your mind. Yascha Mounk and Norm Ornstein square off against Lee Drutman and Katherine Gehl, with a little history from Joanne B. Freeman to start us off.
Of course, we, at Intelligence Squared, respectfully disagree. Have a look at our latest Unresolved debate series on American Policing to get a sense of how we do it.
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Should the U.S. Embrace Third Parties
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The number of countries with mandatory voting laws
Roughly four-in-ten eligible Americans did not vote in the 2016 presidential election. While most of the world does not have compulsory voting, some countries, like Belgium and Australia, do. Should the U.S. make voting mandatory?
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