Free Market Politics Part 1: How America’s Political System Became a Duopoly

In business, market forces drive innovation through competition and accountability. But America’s two-party system has long prevented any meaningful competition because both parties cater to their bases, with no motivation or incentive to create a beneficial system for anyone who isn’t already their “customer.”

In this special two-part discussion, political analyst Katherine Gehl and economist Michael Porter apply the concept of Porter’s Five Forces, the classic framework that identifies and analyzes the five competitive forces that shape every industry, to America’s political system. Their analysis reveals that America’s two-party political system undermines the robust competition and accountability necessary for democracy to thrive.

Later in the show, we talk with Lisa Lewin and Craig Robinson, of the Leadership Now Project, about the pledge they’ve created to demand business leaders’ involvement in fighting racism.


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