The False Dichotomy of the Two-Party Political System in the U.S.

It’s no secret that two-party politics has been dividing our country for decades now, if not longer. 

It’s also no secret that many of the founders of the U.S. warned against warring two-party political factions centuries ago, as we can see without a doubt now, for very good reason. 

Over the last decade or so, the U.S. has experienced a noticeable increase in voters who claim party independence. [1] But how many of us independent voters truly speak about the two-party system as if it is indeed a false dichotomy (or, false choice) in our everyday lives?[2] And is a democratic political system even possible without this dichotomy, whether or not it serves us well, and whether or not it is ultimately a figment of our collective political imagination? 

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Understanding Political Identities. And Other Questions.

I lived in Brooklyn, New York during the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. I had only been living there for a month or so at the time, just beginning my junior year of high school. Yet that day forever changed the course of my young adult life, and my interest in political affairs, as it did for many others around the entire world. 

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on September 11, 2001? If you were over the age of five at the time, I bet you do. 

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