Are political parties more beneficial or detrimental?

Posted by: yetifivepecks

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

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Detrimental

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

Political parties help people to more easily decide which candidate to vote for. Not many people have time to read up on every candidate.
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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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