Why the US two party system is so entrenched

The other day, I came across this Big Think explanation by historian Sean Wilentz on why the US always seems to gravitate to a two party system. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnju7zOH_Zs Unfortunately, while I think Wilentz touches on the main points, his explanation doesn't seem as clear as it could be. To start off, he refers to the … Continue reading Why the US two party system is so entrenched

Which political candidate do your views align with?

I took this political test, which provided the results below.  For the most part, they're what I expected, although I'm mildly surprised I agreed with Jeb Bush that much. I couldn't imagine what healthcare and science issues I had in common with Ted Cruz, but it turns out  he supports the legalization of marijuana, which … Continue reading Which political candidate do your views align with?

Great decisions by the court; now a caution

It's been a good week for liberals.  The Supreme Court once again, in dismissing a ludicrous lawsuit, decided not to tank Obamacare, and in a historic decision, recognized the right of same sex couples to marry.  By any measure, the court has moved the country forward in a progressive way this week. Now a caution. … Continue reading Great decisions by the court; now a caution

How about a presidential candidate science debate?

Can't say I'm too optimistic that this will actually take place, but any pressure on the presidential candidates can't hurt: How About a Science Debate? : Political Wire. ScienceDebate is ramping up efforts to host a live presidential debate on science policy in 2016. Their goal is to get candidates on the record on issues such as … Continue reading How about a presidential candidate science debate?

A Democrat in a two party system

John Scalzi, as he periodically does, is responding to reader questions, and one was on his attitude toward Republicans.  If you're familiar with Scalzi, then you can probably guess that his attitude toward Republican politicians isn't generally positive.  I found a lot to agree with in his post, notably on his social positions such as being pro-choice … Continue reading A Democrat in a two party system