It's a radical idea, but what would the United States look like without its current system dominated by Democrats and Republicans? To some, it may sound like an unthinkable change. To others, it's inevitable that the landscape will be altered. Sergey Brin sides with the latter, as he's calling for U.S. politicians to shed their red or blue trappings.
"I must confess, I am dreading today's elections," Brin wrote on his Google+ page Tuesday morning, adding "because no matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship. It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people. And yet collectively 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party."
What's the solution? For Brin, it's this:
"So my plea to the victors — whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit. It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country."
What Brin is talking about is a movement away from big party politics and politicians instead focusing on the wants of the constituents who put them in a political seat in the first place. Of course, we at DVICE would take this concept just a bit further, but Brin's short post has drawn a myriad of thoughtful responses:
Duarte Molha knows the value of communication: "Probably it would lessen a lot the problem in america if you had more parties in parliament... I am always amazed how you basically only have democrats and republicans and some independents... a sign of a vital democracy is the existence of many points of views and having to reach agreement between parties to having legislation is part of a working political system."
Peter Boywer allows for the game politicians play: "It's the same the world over — however well-meaning and principled a politician might be, they need their party to be in power to get anything done."
Dmitry Skripkin calls for the government of the future: "Web 2.0 people, have a lobby of yours, team up and make happen rational choices. It takes all social networks to find a common ground, it takes wiki-government, not only in patent evaluation, but also in running the state. Maybe it would take building a peer-to-peer citizen (as opposed to individual) social network based on constitution rights to exercise and engineeringly inherent individual protection principles. Because there is already too much influence of authorities in and over the existing social networks."
Genesee offers up some wise words from another time: "'Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.' Winston Churchill, House of Commons, 11 November 1947"