The conventions’ biggest losers

July 18, 2016

 

Delegates take the state signs as souvenirs at the conclusion of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 30, 2012. It could be different this time around. REUTERS/JOE SKIPPER

In this fractured social media age, with distrust of all establishment institutions at a historical apex, global instability bleeding into the national consciousness, and the economic recovery little more than a myth for many Americans, the idea of two hierarchical political parties determining the course of an election seems as outdated as pay phones and smoking on airplanes, writes Ross Barkan.

In his essay “There Goes the Party,”  Barkan looks at how America’s two major political parties could emerge as the biggest losers in what already has been an extraordinary electoral year.

Read Barkan’s full essay, excerpted from “The American Voter,” Reuters’ special election issue, or download the app from iTunes or Google Play.

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