Are political parties more beneficial or detrimental?

Posted by: yetifivepecks

I am an American, so this is mainly referring to US politics.

19 Total Votes


Political parties encourage group think, and uninformed decisions. They are a breeding ground for corruption, and should be abolished, or at least dramatically reformed.
14 votes


Political parties help people to more easily decide which candidate to vote for. Not many people have time to read up on every candidate.
5 votes
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briantheliberal says2014-05-03T01:08:07.6342999-05:00
I say it's both, can you add that option?
Jifpop09 says2014-05-03T01:42:14.7224110-05:00
I do as well. I think its detrimental when the government intentionally suppress third parties I.E USA
Kc1999 says2014-05-03T01:47:57.7980775-05:00
I like political parties. When there's only one though :D One party states FTW :D
Jifpop09 says2014-05-03T01:49:03.6421150-05:00
You mean fascist states?
Kc1999 says2014-05-03T01:51:16.7486458-05:00
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 :)
yetifivepecks says2014-05-03T04:27:59.4567153-05:00
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.

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