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wickerwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 09:23 PM
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62. I'd say we need to shift to a multi-party parliamentary system.
When we send advisors to emerging democracies, we don't advise them to follow our system. Most of the Eastern European countries went for something much closer to the British system where there are a large number of parties which then have to form coalitions to get the majority.

It's the "Coke or Pepsi" party system in the US that is undermining democracy by forcing the center to be much, much too conservative in approaching environmental issus and financial regulation. The US desperately needs a viable Green Party and a viable Labor Party (and, God help us, a Tea Party and a Libertarian Party and a Nationalist Party).

Nobody takes Peak Oil or Climate Change seriously because people who would otherwise vote for the Green Party are never going to vote for Republicans. So Democrats take their votes for granted and *the* pressing issues of our time take a complete backseat to things like prayer in school, abortion and gun control where the centist votes are won.

I think step one is publically financed elections. We have to get corporate money out of politics and we have to create an environment where new political parties can be viable.
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