Are two parties enough?
Political parties are dead; they've been dying for many years. Since Kennedy, presidential candidates have run almost independent of parties, which has contributed to this trend.
Parties were useful in organizing governing coalitions in a new nation; we now have other means of doing so, primarily the media and, now, the internet.
Another important contributing factor has been the inability of parties to achieve anything. Consequently, most now believe not just that political parties can't do anything, but that they prevent doing anything.
Presidential candidates increasingly will need to campaign across traditional party lines. This will include informal cooperation ("endorsement"?) of office holders in other power centers (e.g., presidential and congressional candidates) without reference to party. Essentially, it represents building an issue-based mandate that can be used to accomplish objectives in the brief window immediately after an election.
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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