The goal of politicians and political parties is to prey on the apathy and ignorance of the public in order to achieve its primary mission: acquiring more power and money. In any scenario in which organizations are in competition for the attention and resources of people, it benefits those vying for such attention to ensure their audience has as few options as possible. This is true for all organizations, and political groups are no different.
If there must be competition among those who deal in power and control, limiting the field to only two groups is obviously the optimal number.
This is a benefit to political entities because the fewer the parties or teams, the more chance a particular organization has to recruit more people. For example, consider a scenario in which there were only two baseball teams in the entire country; one from the East and another from the West. What are the odds that those who live on the East will purchase the souvenirs, team shirts, playing cards, and the nearly infinite number products of the team on their Coast? Quite likely close to 100%. Maybe some people who live on the border, or those that migrate from one coast to another will not, but without question the money to be made and the fan base to amass will be much larger when the market for fans is limited to either X or Y and no other. Read more