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Why US Politics Is Broken — and How To Fix It | Andrew Yang | TED

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Andrew Yang discusses flaws in American politics due to poor incentives and design flaws, emphasizing the influence of base voters on decision-making. Media and social media contribute to polarization, but solutions like nonpartisan primaries and ranked choice voting, as seen in Alaska, offer potential for positive change. Senator Murkowski's re-election after voting for Trump's impeachment shows the impact of these reforms. Implementing these changes in 10 states could cost $200 million, promoting unity and improving government functionality.

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Andrew Yang discusses flaws in American politics related to incentives and design.
Low approval rating of US Congress and high re-election rate for incumbent members.
Impact of base voters on decision-making and lack of representation for majority of Americans.
Challenges faced by politicians going against their party's base, using examples of Republican House members.
Impact of media and social media on societal polarization.
Media and social media contribute to the division of society into tribes and teams, hindering progress.
US senator's quote on unresolved problems being valuable.
Solution proposed by Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter in 'The Politics Industry'.
Alaska's primary process changes with ranked choice voting leading to a lesser-known candidate's victory over a prominent figure.
Impact of Nonpartisan Primaries and Ranked Choice Voting in American Politics.
Senator Murkowski faced backlash but won re-election thanks to Alaska's nonpartisan primary system.
Reform campaign cost $6 million, proving highly impactful.
Similar reforms in Nevada cost $22 million and gained support, challenging the two-party system.
Implementing reforms in 10 states could cost $200 million, a small fraction of total election spending, to improve government functionality and promote unity in American politics.