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Party politics

Historian David Kennedy, writing in the New York Times, offers an actual argument that political parties are valuable:

The parties make it possible for citizens in a vast, far-flung society to make common cause with others who share their values. They facilitate the untidy but necessary work of sorting out competing interests in a nation of nearly 300 million notoriously contentious souls.

He adds, "The parties, in short, are all but indispensable to the effective functioning of America's democracy, and will remain so, regardless of how they are funded."

Now if only he would address the "effective" part.

March 7, 2002 4:53 PM


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