On the naturalization of the two-party state

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March 30, 2011
by d.eris  
Posted in Commentary

"In response to calls for third party and independent political activism, apologists of the two-party state and duopoly system of government will often seek to naturalize the system they support to inoculate it against criticism and critique. On this view, the Democrat-Republican two-party state is not seen as a contingent historical-political formation, but rather the 'natural' and necessary result of a metaphysical dyad inherent to American political philosophy, or an 'organic' development from the structure of the political system itself, and so on. What is lacking in such accounts is any mention of the agency of the interested parties themselves, as if the reigning two-party state were somehow born whole from the head of Zeus." (03/29/11)


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