Most countries have figured out that a two-party system is pretty inefficient. One could write a book or two about why this is so, but suffice it to say that a two-party system is too coarse to properly represent an entire political spectrum.
My question is twofold.
Firstly, I understand that some Americans realise this, and do want more parties. But many also do not want more parties. Here is one poll showing that there's maybe an equal number of people on both sides:
So I will ask a question for each group.
- To the people who do not want more parties, my question is simply ... why not? What arguments do these people offer?
- To the people who do want more parties, my question is, why do even these people tend to take actions that help solidify the two-party system? Here, I am specifically referring to the notion of being "a conservative" or "a liberal". I've never spoken politics to an American without them using these terms to label themselves. Nobody does this in my country. Surely putting your entire political belief system into one of two boxes and labeling it like that, only helps strengthen the notion that there are only two systems and therefore two parties are the only ones needed to represent them? Obviously there's a "chicken or egg" thing going on here. Maybe these terms exist precisely because they are natural to use given that you live under a two-party system. But perhaps the two-party system exists because Americans really do think in such binary terms to begin with.