America the grubby and transactional by mattsteinglass
June 15, 2008, 9:13 pm
Filed under: United States

Matthew Yglesias writes that American politics historically hasn’t been very ideological compared to other democratic countries, which is true, and then writes

But I think that if you look at our history overall, you’ll see that America has benefitted from having a political system that’s relatively comfortable acknowledging the essentially grubby and transactional nature of real-world democratic politics rather than one dominated by a lot of aspirations to purism and total victory.

which is exactly wrong. Having a two-party system precisely creates “aspirations to purism and total victory”, since “total victory” is simply an unthinkable and absurd notion in genuine multiparty systems like those in the Netherlands, Austria, Israel etc.


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