Political Innovation To Overcome Division (Reformer Solomon Lieberman Interview)
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Today’s episode is all about solutions. We talk with Executive Director of the Institute of Political Innovation (IPI), Solomon Lieberman, about what cross-partisan “politics industry theory” reform is, and how it can help us move into a better era of American politics.

“Politics industry theory” was first formulated by Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter as they attempted to pinpoint objective, unbiased reasons why American government was failing. What they found was that our political duopoly (both the Republicans and Democrats together) has slowly removed legitimate competition from its industry.

The Institute for Political Innovation was then formed in order to help organize and empower reformers from both sides of the political aisle to return competency, and accountability, to government through true competition.

Some of the “powerful and achievable” ideas discussed in this episode that IPI is fighting for are implementing Final Five Voting and Ranked Choice Voting. Solomon and Jim also talk about things like the problems of politicians being primaried, plurality voting, polarization and party-line voting in Congress, the Hastert Rule, lesser-of-two-evils elections, and the dual currency of politics, votes vs. money.

Listen in to change your perspective on politics, and find positive ways to get involved.

(Relevant Links)

IPI’s main website www.political-innovation.org

Katherine Gehl’s TedX talk on “Powerful, non-partisan solution to fix politics” www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixk8d3GQJnQ

Link to original 2017 “Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America” study https://www.hbs.edu/competitiveness/Documents/why-competition-in-the-politics-industry-is-failing-america.pdf

Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter’s new book, “The Politics Industry” can be found on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1633699234

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