With the arrival of the extreme left ; AOC and OMAR. Are we heading for a 3 party system?
- New sparkedThe left can’t afford a 3 party system. They have enough trouble under their current “unified” banner.
- There are two parties but 3 popular voting bases: left, center and right.
The DNC has tried to capture the center since the 1990s while the RNC has moved steadily right in the last decade. This has left a big vacuum on the Left as until Sanders in 2016, the DNC’s attitude was that the left would vote for them no matter what because of the conservative Republicans.
The center and right have a lot more infrastructure and financial/institutional backing. The left’s traditional bases have been left depleted and scattered, so imo a new party representing the left - in order to have any real gravity to it, would have to be part of an upsurge in social movements and or labor.
(And Omar and AOC and Sanders are fairly moderate in the context of the left internationally or even in the US before the mid/late 80s.)
- Balls, what party accepts no donations and needs no funding or supporters? Lol.
Nope, I’m not saying that a left 3rd party simply needs funds (campaigns can run on good will, so funding is a given need). I’m saying that a left 3rd party would need a social base.
Parties are not a collection of ideas but coalitions (collections of people and orgs) representing real interests. The 2 main ones have support from industry and therefore a material base to fundraise for candidates or the party as a whole, they have connections to institutions like conservative Christian groups or unions, and the corporate media who can help further their cause, etc.
Socialism is simply a popular idea right now. But popular ideas, unfortunately, are not how things are accomplished in the US government system.
A left populist or labor party would also need to be a coalition representing people and things with actual social power and influence - otherwise a party is just a collection of random ideas and personalities-not a vehicle for unrepresented material interests of actual people and groups.
- New / EngGardenBishmoreNo, unless the voting system changes. 1 vote per person system always tends toward two main parties because of strategic voting and game theory.