A recent study by the Pew Research Center has found that an increasing number of Americans are unaffiliated with any political party.
39 percent of people are considered independents, but only 32 percent identify as Democrats and 23 percent identify as Republicans. This is the highest concentration of independents since public opinion polling began more than 75 years ago.
While it is common knowledge that most Americans are disgusted with both major parties and have always been unhappy with the government, these statistics indicate a clear increase in such sentiment.
Around half of the states prohibit unaffiliated voters from voting in the primaries, silencing the voices of the majority of Americans right from the beginning. When primary voters reject all of the candidates, their decision is ignored entirely by political leaders.
Representation by geography that often doesn’t make sense, or is gerrymandered, doesn’t work in the interests of the majority of people. Wealthy community members, due to their resources and influence, naturally dominate these elections. The current electoral system, and government as a whole, was never meant to represent working-class people. Capitalism, a system where the rich control everything, is anti-democratic by its nature.
A system of directly democratic workers’ councils in every workplace as one branch of government, and community councils as the other branch, would better reflect the interests of regular people.