This was posted on NPR’s Science Friday…
Considering that the elections on the USA are typically something like 52% to 48% (that is, very rarely more than a 10-point-spread) it made me think more deeply into politics.
Consolation: political parties in america are not based on an underlying principle of conservation of the status-quo vs capitalism vs communism. Rather, political parties are closely akin to coalitions.
Reasoning: parties are fueled by the support of special interest groups. Parties divide up the special interest groups issue by issue, accounting for the base of the party, and then seek out new issues based on the desire to expand their party membership.
Interesting to note that based on demographic shifts in the USA, the republican party may have put itself on the wrong end of the growth trend.
Is it just the philosopher in me that believes the “party” should be based on a single underlying philosophy about what creates the optimal system of american government, and that all positions could be logically derived from this PoV? Perhaps I’m too simple minded in believing that there should be a theoretical underpinning to the management of what is ultimately interest/benefit. More importantly, perhaps we could never even arrive at agreed definitions within a party on what is “optimal”…
Libertarianism does seem to be somewhat in line with this logic: The government that governs best is the government that governs least.