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How gerrymandering has destroyed the House

Under the current two-party political system, America is essentially ungovernable

By Jacob Kirkegaard   November 2013

Read The New Yorker’s George Packer on why America is its own worst enemy

Under the current two-party political system, America is essentially ungovernable. This is the product of a number of recent events and several long-term trends. The long-term trends, described by George Packer (above), include the poor performance of the US labour market over the past two decades, the increase in inequality and demographic shifts from the large white majority towards a “majority-minority country.” All this has contributed to the radicalisation of right-wing Republicans, who feel that they are fighting a rearguard battle to defend their “version of…

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