Katherine Gehl | Our Political Duopoly is Broken

Katherine Gehl | Our Political Duopoly is Broken


– If you think about it, politics is the only industry where we’re regularly told that less
competition is better for the customer. The nature of political competition has resulted in three horrifying outcomes. The parties in many cases, prefer not to solve our countries problems. Because if, the industry
keeps alive divisive issues like immigration,
guns, health care, and they continue to
fester, then partisans and special interests on
both sides are actually energized to continue
to vote and engage along those very compelling… uh,
product lines essentially. Remember that most of the
rules in politics industry are not in the Constitution. They’re actually made up. And the problem as I
said before is that the rules have been made up
to serve partisans and not to solve problems. So, to transform the system,
we have to re-engineer the rules to the game in
order to incent healthy competition on dimensions that
serve the public interest. Think of the partisan
primaries effectively creating a very tiny eye of the needle, through which no problem
solving politician can pass. It makes it very almost impossible for legislators to keep their eye on the public interests instead of on the ideological far wing
of their particular party. Plurality voting is an enormous barrier to new competition because it creates the Spoiler argument. The Spoiler argument is wielded against all potential
competition to the duopoly. As in, you can’t run; you’re just going to ruin it. And it is the single
greatest structural reason why we don’t have healthy competition.