Andrew Yang: Why he quit the Democratic Party to start the Forward Party, discusses a new book
Yang says it’s time for a viable, common-sense middle third that represents the majority of Americans. He believes our current system and electoral process produces more partisan candidates and widens our political polarization.
“The only way to master polarization is to change the bipartisan dynamic that is currently leading to dysfunctions and clashes. This will eventually lead to unrest, even conflict and violence. the goal now as the founder of the Forward Party is to present a new path forward that will really allow different points of view to emerge, and to make it no longer a zero-sum game. “
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The Forward Party advocates open primaries and preferential voting as solutions. Yang points out that members of Congress are re-elected at a rate of 92% despite still low approval rates for the legislature. He cites the growth of “safe” neighborhoods as a problem. 83% of ridings are currently very red or very blue, and job security for MPs “consists of trying to appeal to the most partisan voters in their riding and community … out of 50.1% of people’s votes. . If I answer to the extreme, I’ll probably turn someone else off. This should decrease negative campaigning and make coalition building a norm. Yang praises California for having open primaries, as well as the use of ranked voting in some of our elections, including the Bay Area mayoral races.
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In addition to electoral reform, Yang’s Future Party advocates for “human-centered capitalism,” built around the enactment of a federal universal basic income. Giving every American adult $ 1,000 a month was Yang’s main problem as a presidential candidate, and he continues to believe it’s a way to include everyone in an increasingly automated and automated economy. high-tech. Yang says the current job benefits make Americans not work because working would reduce or eliminate those benefits.
The Forward Party is currently a political action committee, but is seeking recognition by the Federal Election Commission as an official political party. Yang says the Forward Party will support candidates aligned on the platform, whether they are currently Republicans or Democrats, with the hope of eventually fielding candidates under the Forward banner. He says he doesn’t care about playing spoiler, like siphoning votes from one dominant party and handing the victory over to the other dominant party. It’s a traditional argument against third parties, and generally works against Democrats. But Yang says the preferential vote would alleviate that problem and allow several parties to develop and prosper in the United States, as in some European countries.
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