I am from a country which in it's relative short history of 20 years or so had about oh shit and some political parties manned by mostly the same people who switch parties when their colleagues fell from public grace. No party has ever secured reelection, and really no one was feeling accountable.
That I think shows in our example at least that there are no added benefits for having more parties. And for 'outsiders' like yours favourite Ron Paul, yeah we had that too, and they formed their own parties and guess what, they were not elected.
Non mainstream ideas not backed by MSM don't have a fscking chance of election.
My short life has thought me that in civilized world there are no room for revolution only evolution. So if ya want to see real change, go for mainstream, and push it in the direction you want it to be.
It's like Richard Dawkins books and lectures, I have yet to see religious person converted to atheism by it. But it's a seed with a label on it which only us can read, label states: you have rights, express them, water the seed and don't be shy and spread it.
It really is just genetically engineered meme, designed to combat older vicious complex emergent meme.
World is a bell curve, get used to it. Only top is visible, but sides can influence also, but it's a really really small influence and it's never instantaneous.
Another thing to remember I think is that there are no fucking recipes for fucking success.
Uh where was I... so many thoughts, sorry, I had to vent them. Anyway, many thinkers here on
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