The problem with old radicals
I have no quarrel whatsoever with a critique of Democratic policies & the two-party system. I’m at that a lot, & I don’t think anyone could read the book & say that I pulled punches on either Reaganomics or Rubinomics. A campaign for full public financing of elections would get my intense support. But it’s a hard fact that the two-party system is esp. entrenched by the fact that we have a presidential rather than parliamentary system. To uproot it strikes me as plain impossible.
Big changes always seem impossible, until they are inevitable. Who could have been more entrenched than Galtieri, Marcos, or Pinochet? What could have been more solid than the Berlin Wall? But at some point rotten systems collapse under the weight of their own rot. That is why it is so important to build alternatives NOW, not just to vote for emergent party candidates, but the build alternative institutions in civil society so that when the collapse comes, as it will, there is something healthy to put in its place. Otherwise you get Robespierre.
The other thing about rotten regimes is that when the collapse comes, it comes all at once. It won't be gradual. One day the Soviets have complete control over Eastern Europe, that evening people are tearing down the Berlin Wall. The collapse won't be gradual, it will come all at once.