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Is the Two-Party System Working?

Two political parties. How many people find themselves somewhere in the middle? Seemingly more and more voters are dissatisfied with the current right-vs-left politics, but just how entrenched are these party lines? Independents rarely gain enough votes to beat Republicans and Democrats, but is it possible for alternative parties to be more competitive? In this Millennial Minute, Kat Murti of Feminists for Liberty and political strategist Ajay Bruno discuss the problem and strategies for the future.

One thing is for sure: the system could use improvement

Our two guests have plenty of political differences, but they agree on one thing: The two-party system has gone downhill. Notably, according to Bruno, there were Republicans who voted for Biden in the last election because they disliked Trump. But should politics be about last resorts and compromises? Murti says the “only two options” message comes from major party leaders who want the public to believe it. She says there are two reasons left and right candidates continue to win: 1) They control the narrative, and 2) Biased electoral laws give them the upper hand. Both agree it’s time for a change.

Could the U.S. see a major third-party victory?

In the current state of U.S. politics, neither of our guests believe that an alternative candidate will win soon. Bruno gives the example that Bloomberg couldn’t buy a nomination even with his wealth, so how could outsiders break in? It’s tough to win the system because he says that “money runs politics.” The conversation is gaining traction, and Murti says that neither party is giving the voters what they want. Two Libertarian candidates were on the ballots in all 50 states this year. But she doesn’t think a third-party candidate will win in the next couple of elections. For this to happen, more people will need to understand that the two parties are straying from their values and that a third-party candidate is viable.

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