Draft Specs for “The American Party” — a pro-freedom, anti-authoritarian political party that is neither ideologically right nor left.

Because a divided population is much easier to rule in times of peace, and much easier to conquer in times of war.

Core assumptions

  1. The political, economic, cultural, and technological systems governing The United States of America are failing in myriad ways to deliver well being to its citizens.
  2. While there are many interconnected reasons for #1 and #2, intensifying political tribalism and polarization will ensure neither of them get solved, dramatically increasing the probability that our nation fails.
  3. The most paralyzing consequence of political polarization is “partisan reality.” For many Americans, the only factor that determines their support of a given policy or proposal is which party proposed it.
  4. Partisan reality may be great for the profits of media corporations and the many politicians in “safe districts,” but it has absolutely terrible consequences for America’s national security and the well-being of the vast majority of Americans.
  5. The root of “partisan reality” is the two-party “duopoly” that forces Americans to bucket themselves (and, increasingly, their personal identities) as either “Democrat” or “Republican.”
  6. The most plausible solution that doesn’t lead to disaster is to break up the duopoly by creating and fostering a viable third party.
  7. This party’s success must not come at the expense of only one of the major parties. It must be capable of siphoning meaningful volumes of essential resources (e.g. votes and donations) from BOTH.
  8. To accomplish this, this party must not be clearly “from the left” nor “of the right.” It must take the most practical principles, insights, and goals from both sides of the spectrum and build them into something new and better
  9. The platform must focus on the common interests of ALL Americans and base itself on the fundamental insight that in a nation as large and diverse as the United States, one-size cannot possibly fit all.

Founding Principles of The American Party (DRAFT)

  1. The overwhelming majority of Americans wish to feel safe, healthy, peaceful, respected, happy, and free. These are the raw ingredients of well-being. And although living through brutal circumstances can distort anyone’s mind, the vast majority of Americans fundamentally desire well-being for themselves and their children.
  2. Most Americans are still fundamentally decent (if a bit conflicted). Provided there were more than enough of the raw ingredients necessary for well-being to go around AND it was clear that anyone who got some had put in effort to earn it, very few Americans would object to other people (even strangers) having a bunch of it, too.
  3. The #1 problem is scarcity. A large percentage of the conflict throughout this country (and perhaps across the whole planet) arises from both real and perceived scarcity of access to the full spectrum of materials necessary for well-being.
  4. Systemic failures are making scarcity much worse. The political, economic, and cultural systems currently responsible for keeping the United States functional and “united” are failing to deliver reliable, equitable access to the raw ingredients of well-being to the overwhelming majority of its citizens.
  5. The roots of these systemic failures are not at all what most people think. The fundamental problem is not “those unscrupulous bankers on Wall Street,” the “price-gouging pharmaceutical companies,” or “any “evil greedy corporation” at all. It’s not the “untrustworthy corrupt politicians,” the “corporate lobbyists down on K Street.” It’s also not “ the uninformed working class masses voting against their own interests” or the “apathetic millennials who can’t even be bothered to vote at all.” And it’s definitely not “those illegal aliens” or “the lazy moochers attached to the tit of government support.”
  6. Very few of America’s systemic failures can be addressed by big national regulations or massive initiatives from the Federal Government. Dramatically increasing personal income taxes on the rich will not do the trick. Neither will taking a chainsaw to the tax code and hacking through the ropes holding up the social safety net.
  7. The root of this nation’s systemic failures is the fact that our legal, political, economic, and cultural systems are built on assumptions that are no longer valid.
  8. The solution to this nation’s systemic failures is a new set of governing principles and economic models. These governing principles and economic models must be based on more accurate, up-to-date assumptions and guided by the principle that these assumptions may cease to be valid or practical at any given time.

The Cornerstone Capabilities Of A Better Economic, Cultural, and Political System For The United States And Its Citizens (ALSO VERY MUCH IN DRAFT)

  1. The system must preserve personal liberty and autonomy.
  2. It must deal with radical differences in circumstance and perspective without violence or oppression.
  3. It must be capable of coordinating large-scale collective actions when required, but it must not use coercion to do so.
  4. It must protect the vulnerable and weak while also empowering them to improve themselves and their circumstances as much as possible.
  5. It must be able to maintain itself without enslaving anyone’s minds or bodies.
  6. And the system must be able to protect the nation and its citizens against severe disruption or even total collapse in the face of a large scale unpredictable shock whose nature, timing, and severity is inherently impossible to predict.