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RE: US two-party "democracy"
by jwwf on Tue 24th Mar 2009 17:47 UTC in reply to "US two-party "democracy""
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I just love to see the way the US sells its political establishment as a "democracy". They condemned the USSR for its 1-party system, but as soon you add +1 to that number, totalitarianism automagically becomes democracy...

What's even funnier is they way these two parties are organized. Most western countries have right-wing and left-wing parties, with the political landscape sort-of representing the natural struggle between private (/conservative) and socially-oriented (/progressive) economical views. In the US, there is no such distinction - both major parties are right-wing. Regardless of whichever you vote for, you get the same politics, only supported by two different industries.

I hesitate to reply, simply because I am not an expert on European governments. But I think I can make an imperfect analogy that might help explain the two party system a little: The two parties are like permanent coalitions. There are, for instance, hard-left socialists in the Democratic party, and there are also old line Southern Democrats who opposed the civil rights movement. There are neoconservative Republicans who think government is benevolent and a useful tool for acheiving policy goals, and there are old-line conservatives who believe that government is always the problem. Both parties have a big business base, (last season Wall Street donated several times as much money to the Democrats than the Republicans, yet people generally think of the Republicans as the business party) and both parties contain a lot of "regular people" who are only mildly ideological.

Both parties, then, contain a lot of difference in opinion, which is probably why they can start to look similar - lots of competing agendas average out. People generally remember Nixon as a conservative villain these days, but in his time, he imposed wage and price controls (not very conservative), and yet also disagreed with Eisenhower because he thought Eisenhower was too close to business interests to the expense of ideology and that made him not conservative enough. Point is, there can be a lot of serious difference within a party.

And by the way, we did not condemn the USSR for a 1 party system alone: that it killed tens of millions of people in the last century via labor camps and forced famines was also a factor. The fact that anybody thinks the comparison is a reasonable one to make shows that we have it pretty easy these days.

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