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Casey Kitchel


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Political parties should be banned in the United States of America.

In George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address, President Washington warned the American people of the dangers political parties pose to the nation's government (that of the United States under the Constitution). Considering the current government's stalemate and the abilities of political parties to “divide a nation”, it seems most evident that he was right in expressing his concerns for the future of this country and for the welfare of its people.

As it appears, elected officials are more concerned with maintaining their own party's control over their rivals rather than serving the interests of the people and opens up the debate on whether political parties should continue to dominate politics in the United States of America at the expense of the American people and at the expense of a functioning government.


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  • Jun 15 2013: There is clearly a kind of lock-in operating for politicians: to get elected, they need money, and to get money, they must favor to special interests. How about this idea: just as jurors, part of elective bodies is not chosen, but is instead randomly selected from the population/populace? One can modify this idea: make the fraction of juror parliamentarians equal to the fraction of people that do not vote. I am certain that political discussions would become less boring; moreover, there would be more people in parliaments that are open minded. It might also result in making visible that the politicians that we have now are not that bad compared to a random selection of the population. If such randomly chosen people do well, they might be electable by regular election. Another modification: people could volunteer for such random parliamentarian positions, although I fear that you would get a lot of cranks and nuts this way. Has anyone else ideas on how this proposal could be improved?

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