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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 19 2013: People have already started to grasp that politicians are a bad idea, mainly I suppose because power corrupts, and that love of power is already suspicious in itself.
    The next step would of course to be able to see through the myth of conflict as the best way to make décisions.
    Democracy is still the best system - but what it means is that the beliefs with the biggest support base are the ones that are put into practise. In the USA the 2 political parties have got to a point of being very similar; is all the tribal/partisan posturing really the best way of making décisions?
    But whats the alternative ? - I assume AI is going to play a greater and greater part in the political process - at first through promoting easier participation (eg voting apps) but eventually in order to make economic, social, health décisions; based purely on data - rather than belief - we're looking at a robot president.

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