American democracy is in deep crisis. After years of zero-sum partisan trench warfare, our political institutions are deteriorating and our norms are collapsing. Democrats and Republicans no longer see each other as opponents, but as enemies, unable to engage in healthy debate or compromise. As we move into election season the question looms: what can we do about this?
In his new book Breaking the Two Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America New America Senior Fellow Lee Drutman charts how American politics became so toxic, and makes a case for escaping the "doom loop of two-party warfare." Weaving together history, democratic theory, and cutting-edge political science, Drutman argues that the way to move past the crippling division and dysfunction is to give America true multiparty representation.
On Wednesday, January 22nd, join New America NYC and the Political Reform Program for a wide-ranging conversation with Lee Drutman and Aisha Moodie-Mills that takes a critical look at the growing disillusionment with our political system, exposing some of the myths and misunderstandings about our democratic institutions and exploring how major electoral reform could produce a more representative, responsive, and stable democracy.
Lee Drutman @leedrutman
Senior Fellow, Political Reform Program, New America
Author, Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America
Aisha Moodie-Mills @AishaMoodMills
Political Commentator, CNN
Former Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics
Former President & CEO, LGBTQ Victory Fund and Institute
Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open to a reception at 6:30 p.m., with the conversation beginning at 7:00 p.m. Copies of Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America will be available for purchase following the event.