On the Antiquation of Democratic-Republican Party Politics: Corporations for Congress

In a commentary for the San Francisco Chronicle, Abe Silvers and Ian Mitroff consider the assumptions and presumptions underlying Democratic-Republican Party politics and conclude that, "The need to move beyond these two worldviews has never been greater." They write:
Because assumptions are the basic elements of worldviews, it behooves us to examine them and to see how they shape important issues. Furthermore, because each party takes its assumptions for granted, they are rarely examined systematically, let alone side by side . . .

we are not restricted to these two worldviews. This is in fact one of the major reasons independents have become a powerful force. They are not willing to subscribe fully to either view. (We exclude Tea Partiers because their worldview is even more extreme than that of Republicans and hence admits of no compromise.) The need to move beyond these two worldviews has never been greater. For this reason, we believe that a national conversation (not merely summits) to formulate new perspectives is a priority of the highest order. In the best of all worlds, it could lead both parties to adopt new policy positions. If it doesn't, the case for a new third party, or parties, will be strengthened immeasurably.

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