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    The Atlantic | Mickey Edwards | 6/7/11 | 16 min
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    • SEnkey
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      1 year ago

      The article was written eight years ago. That the author's ideas all still seem relevant suggests they are worth considering.

      • bill
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        1 year ago

        Whoaaaaa. I was the one who originally posted this and I completely missed that it's eight years old! Not that I wouldn't have still submitted it, but I'm usually pretty good about keeping an eye on article context: author, publisher, date, etc. (I like to know who paid who to have something written, and why. Basically: who's making money on it?)

        Anyway, I'm legit shocked that this was written in 2011. It's still SO relevant. And we still have Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell! Trippy!

    • bill
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      1 year ago

      Yes! Down with the two-party stalemate! It’s time to fix this.

      It just occurred to me that when I think about this problem it’s often in relation to the presidential nomination and election process. After reading this, I realize it’s not the executive branch that’s the main offender, it’s the legislative branch. Regardless, the solution starts there too, so let’s elect some more third party candidates!

      • SEnkey
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        1 year ago

        It's iron that although the system and country are highly partisan, the parties themselves have never been weaker. Consider how the republican party establishment that didn't want Trump couldn't stop him hijacking the party, and the democratic party barely fended off Sanders.

        I think we need a lot more diversity in the parties and as the article suggests reforms that aim to shake up the status quo and properly pit the legislature against the executive, not party against party.