Breaking a Political Duopoly – WSJ


Holman Jenkins, Jr.’s conclusion in “What Duopoly Economics Tells Us About Politics” seems to be that we should get used to our lack of good choices (Business World, Oct. 14). He dismisses innovations in the democratic system, declaring that they “would likely not change the distribution of offices and spoils by the duopoly, which would naturally adjust.” But he overlooks how changes to our elections such as open primaries and ranked-choice voting could dramatically thin the ranks of the most extreme and least productive Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

Even if we remain “divided at the 50-yard line,” such innovations would get more people in the game and improve competition.

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