Prompt: This week’s course content covers how individuals develop political awareness through ‘political socialization’ in relation to different cultural or ideological groups, political media, and the roles of interest groups and political parties. Individuals eventually choose to either engage or not in political behaviors and actions—like voting or activism. Our socio-political, cultural, and even economic atmosphere in the United States is very much a conflict of ideas and a conflict of competing political narratives. As such, answer the following two questions with at least 500 words each: How does the unofficial ‘two-party system’ in the United States work? Would having more than two parties be a good thing for American politics? Why or why not? Explain how interest groups influence policy making in American national government. Are interest groups a healthy thing for a democratic-republic like the United States? Why or why not?
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