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The two-party system is dysfunctional, outdated—but worth hanging on to

The alternatives look shiny and spontaneous but they’re oligarchy in disguise

By Eliane Glaser   July 2019

Photo: Pure populism: Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement inspired Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party

The two-party system, I keep hearing, is no longer fit for purpose. It is dysfunctional and obsolete. “You can’t put jump-leads on a dinosaur,” as the writer John Harris put it recently. 

I don’t love political parties. Their meetings are tedious, they bombard you with emails, and the other members are often objectionable. But to those who want to sweep them away, I say: be careful what you wish for. The alternatives may look…

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