DiscoverFreakonomics Radio356. America’s Hidden Duopoly (Rebroadcast)
356. America’s Hidden Duopoly (Rebroadcast)

356. America’s Hidden Duopoly (Rebroadcast)

Update: 2019-07-2538
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We all know our political system is “broken” — but what if that’s not true? Some say the Republicans and Democrats constitute a wildly successful industry that has colluded to kill off competition, stifle reform, and drive the country apart. So what are you going to do about it?

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Linda Susan Erickson

CA's single primary always comes down to 2 Dems, leaving me for no one to vote for in the general election. 😞

Aug 11th
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Mae Lee Arant

agree with concept of expansion but in realitu, expansion will primarily hurt the democrats. i also take exception to the categorization that the democrats are equally responsible for present day animus between the two parties. the gop is dead. this neogop party has been rebranded- a barely disguised fascist regime is what we are fighting. Plenty of conservative pundits have left because it isnt about dems versus repubs. it's saving our republic .

Jul 29th
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James Averkamp

Mae Lee Arant The only thing you forgot to include in your comment was "ORANGE MAN BAD!!"

Jul 30th
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Wyatt Hayes

Mae Lee Arant Agree with your view

Jul 30th
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James Averkamp

The speakers fret about where is that"new participant" and "disruptor", and easily dismiss Trump as not that guy, using two reasons why he's not, while I can just as easily argue that those reasons are why he IS the guy who's not of the duopoly they speak of. Top two candidate primaries $uck. I get to pick between 2 candidates, neither of whom come close to representing me,. They just vary in the degree of how much I disagree with their ideas. Here's an alternate idea. How about a version of an electoral college at the state level, since popular vote just gives the large urban area the power to dominate state policy at the expense of 95% of the rest of the counties in the state.

Jul 28th
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Teresa Ellis

James Averkamp Yes! I would love that. And changing the winner take all. I heard the idea of voting for a first, second, third, fourth choice. Where if no candidate gets enough votes, the officials look at vote rankings and remove the candidate who got the most fourth ranking and see who won at that point. No more problems with a third party running.

Aug 9th
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Quanna Diaz

James Averkamp 🤔🤔🤔

Jul 29th
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Rick Donaldson

texas election code is very 'party that holds a primary ' enforcement policy. I used both DnR when neither had a county judge candidate (Democrats didn't field one and R candidate elevated due to appointing co judge to district judge, leaving only the Libertarian candidate on the ballot, and Rs screwing up their own procedures to replace candidate already on the ballot.

Jul 26th
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356. America’s Hidden Duopoly (Rebroadcast)

356. America’s Hidden Duopoly (Rebroadcast)