Walter Karp wrote Indispensable Enemies: The Politics of Misrule In America in 1973. It’s a scathing and insightful look at how the two parties operate together to prevent competition. I first read the book in the 1990’s and was delighted when Steve Richardson, a member of the IndependentVoting.org Election Reform Committee recently read the book and wrote me a note about it. Steve said, ” It offers a unique and shocking theory of bipartisanship in U.S. politics that might be useful to our movement.” In this moment of government dysfunction when the American people have lost confidence in our elected officials capacity to move the country forward, I think it will be valuable to read Karp’s book.
We will be discussing our selection in a Politics for the People conference call on Sunday, February 9th. Happy reading and stay tuned for upcoming posts about the book and its author, or better yet, send me your thoughts and questions.