(Forbes) -- The most enduring cliché of every presidential election is that it is the most important in history. The nominees proclaim this because, for them, this is certainly true. They also hope it will motivate their base to vote.
That said, this time it could be true. America is having a political nervous breakdown. It’s overdue, and a good thing. Out of the chaos a profound transformation will likely ensue. What might that look like?
There are two antagonistic although potentially complementary dynamics underlying American politics. They go by – surprise! – “republican” and “democratic.” What emerged from history, spontaneously and organically, evolved into these two dominant parties.
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Republicans, however imperfectly, champion a classical liberal (i.e. conservative) republican world view. The Democrats, however imperfectly, promote a radical egalitarian (i.e. progressive) democratic world view. The nominees of each compete for votes on the basis of which philosophy and program is deemed most promising by the voters.