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According to Howard Zinn in "A People's History of the United States", the political party and electoral system was created as a facade to placate the poor from revolting against the wealthy. It worries me how much of this may still be true today: https://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/fi...

The real problem, is that shepherds (politicians) know how to play the game, while the sheep (citizens) are too stupid to realize that they're being played.

All the politicians do is stir up emotional issues like "they're trying to take away your guns", or abortion, to distract the sheep. It works all the time.

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