Should Parties Mean Something?

Strout, Richard L.
April 1954
New Republic;4/12/54, Vol. 130 Issue 15, p8
This article focuses on meaningfulness of political parties in the United States. Party labels mean a little in the United States. This meaningfulness has continued so long as to be accepted. Indeed now it is rationalized and a whole school of thought has grown up on the philosophy that if American party labels meant anything the nation would founder. Spokesmen of this belief generally ignore several penalties the United States pays for having its curious, unparalleled amorphous party system. The author looks at three current rationalists of the parties-shouldn't-mean-anything philosophy.


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