The unprovoked attack by right-wing extremist Russia on moderate, democratic Ukraine is a slap in the face to the free, democratic countries and people around the world. It is also a reminder of what can happen when autocrats are in control of a country.
Extremist governments often fall under the category of being a dictatorship or autocratic. But typically, they are oligarchies, which means that a small group of people, usually rich, run the country. This is the case for both right-wing extremist Russia and left-wing extremist China. And with the lack of checks and balances comes corruption.
It has been reported that Putin has amassed a fortune which some estimate at $200 billion. It’s hard to believe that a former KGB agent could have earned that much money. And we are already seeing how the oligarchs who are assisting Putin are starting to squirm as they see their yachts being seized and their mansions on Lake Como in Italy being locked up by western governments.
We are faced with a situation in our country where we only have two major political parties who are constantly fighting with each other. But for all of the problems that it is causing, at least it is keeping the kind of corruption that they have in authoritarian governments in check. Granted, we have lots of corruption in our political system, too. And this brings up a number of points.
The first is that we have to fight back against the forces of extremism and authoritarianism that are rearing their heads in our country. Just as it is in capitalism, competition is good and a monopoly is bad. The problems that we have now are because our democracy is not functioning well. And one of the main reasons for this is that Independents, which make up almost half of Americans, have almost no voice in our government.
The next point is that if two is good, then three is better. We desperately need a third major centrist political party which will stabilize our government in the same way that a three-legged stool is stable. A third political party will also go a long way in keeping the impact of a small minority of extremists from being amplified as is happening now.
About 35% of Americans describe themselves as moderates. These moderates also have almost no voice in running our government. Giving them a voice will reduce the amount of corruption that we presently have in our political system because moderates are advocates for a true democracy. One of the key hallmarks of a democratic government is the presence of checks and balances which limit corruption and increase integrity. Moderates will fix the flaws in our governmental system.
The only thing that keeps our government stable is that power shifts back and forth between the two major parties every few years. But this is no way to run a country and the American people know it. Of course, we are still luckier than the people in left-wing extremist China or right-wing extremist Russia where one side has seized power and won’t give it up.
Democracy is a very fragile thing. The people in Ukraine are proof of that. In their case democracy is being threatened by external forces. In the U.S. our democracy is now being threatened by internal forces as never before, primarily due to problems with our political system.
There is only one way to correct the situation that we are faced with, and that is through the formation of a third major centrist political party. Moderate conservatives and moderate liberals are the only ones who can make this happen.