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An Independent’s Case Against Open Primaries

There is little doubt that the major national parties have, on the whole, behaved atrociously this election season. On the Republican side, there have been loyalty pledges, insubstantial RNC-arranged debates, and conversations about rule changes designed to thwart specific candidates. But the Democratic … Continue reading

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El Bipartidismo ha Muerto: What Spain Can Teach Us About Disrupting Two-Party Politics

Since the end of the Franco dictatorship in the mid 1970s, Spanish national politics has largely been dominated by two political parties: the conservativePeople’s Party (PP) and the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE). Yet that all changed after the general … Continue reading

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To Discredit the Two-Party System, Vote Your Conscience

In 2004, the esteemed Catholic philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre wrote a popular essay lamenting the lack of voter choice in the impending presidential election. Rather than recommending that voters cast ballots for the “lesser of two evils,” he admonished voters to … Continue reading

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How Would Congress be Different if the States Did Pass the Original First Amendment?

We all know that the Bill of Rights enshrined in the Constitution contains ten amendments. However, it is less well known that the Bill of Rights sent to the states for ratification originally contained 12 amendments. What we know today … Continue reading

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One Year Later: 6 Reflections of an Independent Author

I have been writing for IVN since the summer of 2014. Though my academic background is in political science, I can confidently say I have learned more about American politics in this one year of researching and writing for you … Continue reading

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Do Multi-Member Districts Improve Representation in State Legislatures?

While Congress has twice mandated the use of single-member districts (SMD) for electing members of Congress (once in 1842 and again in 1967), state legislatures are at liberty to determine how their representatives will be elected. According to FairVote, at one … Continue reading

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Why We Need Political Parties, and More of Them

The number of political independents has certainly ballooned. Indeed, the dissatisfaction with political parties has reached unprecedented levels, and it is not uncommon to read jeremiads decrying the abuses of political parties or to come across comments that question their necessity altogether. Despite … Continue reading

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