Does the two-party system create a political advantage for the rich?

As of right now, the question was edited several hours ago and put on hold after that. In its current form the question does not appear to be opinion based at all.

Does the two-party system create a political advantage for the rich regarding political representation?

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    Leaving aside other deficiencies, the question as it stands is too broad. The only possible asnwer is "it creates some advantages to some rich depending on your definition of 'advantages'; and disadvantages to other rich, also depending on your definitions".
    – user4012
    May 12, 2016 at 13:21
  • Frankly, the question is (imho) somewhat salvageable if you (1) narrow down the specific "advantages" to a meaningful definition and (2) ask specifically about differences between 2-party system and multiparty system. And even that may be way too broad, as there are big differences between specifics of 2-party system specifics between countries.
    – user4012
    May 12, 2016 at 13:23

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One of the ways that a question can be opinion-based is if someone has to make a lot of guesses, or a few very significant guesses in order to answer the question.

Since Guesses are in essence judgement calls made when too few facts are available, they are inherently opinion-based. Guesses suffer from the exact same problem that makes opinions bad. Answers based on guesses are not authoritative, ans since they are not authoritative, they are not very valuable.

One of the things I do when I evaluate a question, is I try to imagine how much guessing it must take in order to answer the question at hand.

If the question seems like it would take a lot of guessing, then I consider it to be too opinion-based, because people will have to guess too much in order to answer the question.

The question in the OP requires a lot of guesses to sort out thing like the definition of "advantage", and a whole bunch of other factors that make advantage or disadvantage actually gained from the system being 2-parties or not very unclear.

TLDR: the question is too complicated to completely answer with just facts, so opinions would be needed to provide an answer.

  • That seems to contradict Robert's answer here about "good subjective" and "bad subjective". It seems to me like maybe this question should be closed, but "on hold as opinion based" does not seem appropriate.
    – Era
    May 11, 2016 at 20:08

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