Proposed four-party system for the US
- Socialist - Healthcare for all, education for all, housing for all, and if you want to take advantage of our giant consumer market or our talented workforce, you better help pay for it.
- Centrist - America is mostly okay right now and it would be unwise to shake things up too much, too fast. Let’s work within the system for gradual progress without damaging the institutions we have.
- Libertarian - Government is here to build roads, enforce contracts, and provide national defense. But it’s not suited to micromanage the country. The free market, individual choice, and local organizations will come up with better-optimized solutions.
- Traditionalist - Without American culture and values, America is just a place on a map. This isn’t about race or religion or sexuality per se, but if you’re not a straight white Christian, it’s your responsibility to adapt to traditional American culture, not to try and change it.
- Actually represents the segments of political belief better than the current parties.
- Potential for cooperation across current party lines, for example Libertarians and Socialists agreeing to oppose the war on drugs.
- Hopefully no one party would get 50% of seats in Congress, meaning every decision would require substantive discussion and compromise.
- Party loyalty would hopefully be less ironclad and less able to divide communities.
- Government not doing the weird dualism thing where if Democrats believe X, Republicans have to believe not-X, even when it’s absurd.
- Fewer situations where voting is all about “the lesser evil.”
- In general, fewer situations where game theory runs things instead of the actual needs and wants of the people.
- I just invented the Centrist party and I already think they’re a load of lukewarm tilapia filets.
- Terrifying prospects for what the Traditionalist party will turn into without the Libertarians to hold them back.
- I didn’t do much reading about real multi-party systems before writing this so there’s probably a lot of fascinating ways it would break in real life.