The False Dichotomy of Capitalism vs Socialism

Yesterday, I drafted some musings on the false dichotomy of the two-party political system we have in the U.S. And that prompted me to think about other false dichotomies we have in our society— or, within our “collective conscious,” if you will. And one false dichotomy we’ve been hearing about, in the midst of the two-party bickering (or perhaps at the heart of it?) as of late, and over the course of the past half-century, is the false dichotomy of capitalism vs socialism. 


The False Dichotomy of the Two-Party Political System in the U.S.

It’s no secret that two-party politics has been dividing our country for decades now, if not longer. 

It’s also no secret that many of the founders of the U.S. warned against warring two-party political factions centuries ago, as we can see without a doubt now, for very good reason. 

Over the last decade or so, the U.S. has experienced a noticeable increase in voters who claim party independence. [1] But how many of us independent voters truly speak about the two-party system as if it is indeed a false dichotomy (or, false choice) in our everyday lives?[2] And is a democratic political system even possible without this dichotomy, whether or not it serves us well, and whether or not it is ultimately a figment of our collective political imagination?