Javierdude22: Hey I have had this question for some time now, so I thought I'd put it up. What do you think works best as a political system? Two parties, or a multi party system? I ask this because of recent events, and me finally understanding a bit more about American Politics (cough, I think). I have been getting the feeling that US administrations seriously lack a good political opposition. Sure, there is enough popular opposition but nobody seems to listen to them. I understand there is checks and balances, but I think that has not created and active, empowered political opposition to the administration in power. I'll try to come up with examples that worry me. I favour multi party systems, not because my country happens to have that, but on the basis of several criteria. For example, IMO a two party system creates a disproportionate power for the parties themselves, without handing it over to the people. With that I mean that parties are assuming their role as managers of party interests, but are forgetting their role as people that should govern 'In the best interest of the people'. I'll clarify by example. It is obvious that if and when the US (and Europe for that matter) let go of agriculture subsidies, our foodprices will go down, and our taxes can finally be spent on education and health care. It won't effect employment as much, as agriculture is the lowest provider in employment. Yet they don't do that, because of disproportionate influence of farmers in politics. This example could of course be used on environmental issues, economics, human rights etc. Then there is transparency. To be very honest, I think the US is about as transparent as a Central American country in the 80'ies. Nobody really knows whats going on, there are more scandals than anyone can remeber anymore, and because of that, the shock factor per scandal has dropped so much it is affecting democratic values. Like I said before, some of the things that happen in the US without a problem, are considered wrong-doings in European politics, and have serious consequences for the people involved. Only by virtue of a few newspapers do we find out some of the things really going on in the U.S.. If there was a parliament with more political parties, with different profiles, control would automatically increase. Also, elections could be a bit more about party profiles, more choice, and not depend on charismatic features of the candidate of either two parties. There would also be less need of huge campaign budgets. This would probably automatically be impossible since the business-sector and wealthy individuals would see less benefit out of supporting one party with a buttload of money. The chances of them getting a majority in parliament would be slim to none, therefore also less influence, therefore also less benefit/influence for the now-donors of partypolitics. I won't even mention what it would do for current corruption levels. And as a personal favor....it would also cancel the ridiculous election campaigns, ads, flags, hysteria, phonecalls, letters, namecalling etc. Now you only have to demonize one party, easy enough. Fifteen party wpould be quite the effort, better promote your own virtues then. I am aware it would need a HUGE culture change along with a multi party system, were it ever to be installed in the US or Britain (Saying that it would be better of course being my personal opinion). Because this rubbing up against the two big parties of the Greens and Independants only paralyzes the system more. More heterogenity. Anywayz...what's your opinion on it?