But in a two-party system, what’s the difference between not voting for the candidate of either major party, and not voting at all? I’m not American, so it doesn’t really matter to me. But as lame as Biden is, he’s obviously better than Trump, as would (literally) be a ham sandwich.
Yes, I try not to write on politics from a tribal perspective and I likewise try to avoid lazy centrism. I criticize Republicans and Democrats—again, it’s easy for me, because I’m only an interested outsider (although one of my brothers recently got his American citizenship and plans to vote for Biden—and wholeheartedly against Trump).
In any event, it’s not the case that both parties are equally bad. They’re certainly not bad in the same ways. The way I put it in some of my other articles on Trump is that the Republicans are committed, in effect, to social Darwinism (to desecrating humanistic values) and are thus essentially evil (psychopathic, hypermasculine, “libertarian,” theocratically totalitarian—pick your euphemism). Meanwhile, the fault of the Democrats is that they don’t have the courage of their convictions, which is a far different sin. It’s a question of flat-out evil versus cowardice (hypermasculinity versus hyperfemininity). Both are despicable, but centrism in this case happens to be indefensible. Just my two cents.
I agree, though, the duopoly doesn't fall apart from lack of voter participation. The fact that half the country already doesn't vote is simply ignored by the mass media and by both parties. The polls talk about the opinions of "likely voters," which means they apply only to half the country. When at least half the country hasn't voted in a century, you know your democracy is jacked.