What new parties does the US need?

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    Imagine if the US were to switch to multi-party democracy for this election. What parties do you think would stand, and what parties would you like to see stand?

    I think both major parties would split - GOP into Tea Party and a more business-focused urban party; the Dems into a genuine Social Democrat Party and a centrist party focusing on small businesses and urban professionals.

    Plus I guess there would also be a Greens Party, and maybe Christian Democrats.

    Would there be an NAACP party? A pro-Israel party?

    Any other party who might gather 5% of a national vote.
     
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    We don't "need" any because it's not going to happen.
     
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    Here is an overview of German parties, for instance:

    CDU - Christian liberal conservative (Right)
    CSU - Christian conservative (Right)

    SDP - Social Democrat (Centre left)
    FDP - Liberal (Centre)

    The Left - Left
    Greens - Left

    And in state parliaments:

    Free Voters - Populist
    Pirate Party - Youth Populist
    NDP - Crypto-fascist
    SSVW - left wing, minority issues
    BiW - right wing extremists
    DKP - communists
     
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    We are not Germany, idiot.
     
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    Maybe the way the US will go is no parties. CA recently voted itself open primaries through its initiative system.

    If there were no parties, perhaps instead of going on ideology, candidates would simply have to state their platforms and let people decide.

    That still won't happen in CA unfortunately because their political party is still listed under their name, just everyone gets to vote for whoever they want in the primary and the top two vote getters go on to the General.

    I'm waiting for the first election where the top two are in the same party. :lol:
     
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    Is this a parody?
     
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    As long as our major elections are based on winner-take-all, plurality voting, there will be a strong tendency toward to major parties. So, until we change that, I don't think we'll get any kind of 'multi-party' democracy.

    What I do see changing, or a least hope will change, is more emphasis on the authoritarian/libertarian distinction rather than the traditional left/right split (which is becoming increasingly blurred). The problem with that is, though I see a growing demand from voters calling for libertarian policies, neither current party is willing to claim them.
     
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    My opinion? I think we need the Democratic and Republican Party to hold down the Center and branch off from there. Tea Party to the right, Socialists to the left.

    Of course that still leaves Libertarians out in limbo...they are so far right on aime issues and so far left on others that it’s hard to classify them.
     
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    It' a nice idea, but in practice it makes sense for like-minded candidate to band together. I can't imagine any major economy would every have, for instance, a Congress with a hundred different candidates and no parties. It could be chaos.
     
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    I vote for the Beer Party!
     

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