Tom Atlee’s piece “Are we Ready to Change the Game Yet?” (Nov. 11) gives his explanation of both the causes of political polarization, and a potential way to change the game and bring power truly back to the people – ALL the people, regardless of current political views.
3 of his points below are a good high-level summary:
- “Special interests — especially moneyed interests — have effectively captured the two-party system — and thus the policy-making apparatus — for their own purposes.
- “Two-party polarization impedes natural alliances among those who favor the same policies and programs from different ideological perspectives.
- “If we could facilitate policy-option alliances outside of the two-party system — and those alliances could then powerfully organize either outside or inside that bipolar system — it would change the political game in the U.S.”
After this summary he describes the solutions he favors, which he calls “The Interactive Voter Choice System” and “citizen deliberative councils.” These should be an important part of the discussion for anyone concerned with issues of polarization and transpartisanship.
My next post contains reflections on what is most fundamental for finding and achieving our shared goals.