Well, not necessarily, but fascist states have that element of fear in them. I was talking of a more "catch all" party, where every candidate is part of one political party, following one doctrine, but with differing views. But fascist states are fun too :)
I agree that the government and media intentionally suppress third parties. Ideally, I would like a system in which individuals ran on their own merits, and where a candidate's wealth was a non-issue. If we do truly need parties, then I am for the abolition of both the Republican and Democratic parties, and measures to keep the media honest.
As far as adding the option for both...I could, but I think I will leave it as is. Only because the question was if they are more detrimental or beneficial.