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There are interesting parallels between operating systems and political parties here, and this is not a coincidence: both operating systems and political parties are infrastructure, and infrastructure is really hard both to build and to replace once it has become established. So in both cases you see a lot of rationalization about how the existing solutions are perfectly OK even though they are not simply because no one wants to do the heavy lifting (and in both cases it is very heavy lifting) required to actually come up with something better.



Political parties present an abstract view of how society works that simplifies the complexity of the underlying system. It offers a set of interfaces that allow a large mass of untrusted individuals to influence the whole.


Interestingly, nearly all third parties differentiate themselves by offering up even more simplistic abstractions, even more inflexible and unfalsifiable. It seems to be a core part of human nature to look for comfort in such abstractions.




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