Are there just two political perspectives?
Of course not … there are many. In our country, having just two significant parties is ideologically constraining.
In the last German national election the party representing liberalism received 27% of the vote; the party representing conservatism received 25%; the Green Party got 15%; a Libertarian-type party got 12%; a party representing socialism got 6%. In the parliament those parties were able to seat representatives in proportion to their vote share. Every vote counted toward expression of ideological preference among the electorate.
I’ve never supported either of our two dominant US parties. I support the platform of the Green Party, which is distinctly alternative to that of both the Republicans and the Democrats. I work to open up our system so that the Green Party and others can have representation in legislative bodies. It’s amazing the extent to which that project gets vilified and obstructed. We wouldn’t put up with a political monopoly; we rightfully call it totalitarianism. The duopoly we endure, with two parties, is a little better, but only a little. We shouldn’t put up with it.
Chris Hedges with Theresa Amato: