Klintron posted about the Open Source Party a couple months ago. It was created in response to the current dissatisfaction with our current political party system. Well, there are people in other countries just as disgusted with theirs as well. UK writer/blogger Anthony North suggests getting rid of political parties all together:
“British politics has been in a mess for some time. Prior to Thatcherism, the two main parties came into power and went again as if on a political see-saw. No time was allowed for proper policies to formulate, and as soon as sanity seemed to prevail, the new party took over and threw away all the previous party had done.
With Thatcherism, all that changed. A long period of stability in Parliament followed, which was itself followed by a long period of New Labour. This was the opposite of see-saw politics, but the result was equally as bad. Both parties soon settled down into a form of elective dictatorship.
One answer to the problem of British politics is proportional representation. This is a very bad idea. Central to accountability is the idea that a constituency picks the MP it wants. PR would have MPs imposed on a constituency. They would be pure party animals, and the voter immaterial.
We need a new look at British politics. We need to begin a …
CAMPAIGN FOR THE ABOLITION OF POLITICAL PARTIES
Political parties are at the core of the problem. There is nothing in the British constitution to say we need them. So maybe the answer is to discard them. We need to do this for many reasons other than an attempt to bring stability to the British Parliament.”
(More interesting political ideas from William Irwin Thompson’s “Catastrophist Governance and the Need for a Tricameral Legislature”)