Achieving True Democracy: A New Breed of Party as Realistic Next Step

rethink the political party

Introduction: Politics Doesn’t Represent Us Politics doesn’t represent the majority of the People. Public opinion and public policy differ, sometimes a lot. Even if an overwhelming majority is clearly in favor of a certain policy it doesn’t mean that this will translate to legislative action in parliament. A ‘good’ example are the two US-parties locked in a partisan death spiral. Without them, the US population could easily agree on dozens of issues listed in the article What if a Presidential Candidate Ran on What Most Americans Actually Wanted. An American study has shown that “when preferences of low- or middle-income Americans diverge from those of the affluent, there is virtually no relationship between policy outcomes and the desires of less advantaged groups.” A German study revealed very similar results. Worldwide, the currently implemented democratic systems and their rules seem to work against a democratic representation. The systems themselves and their rules were formed by professional