I think the way that countries are governed is fundamentally broken. Political parties, presidents and elected officials might have made sense a hundred years ago, but it's now hopelessly inefficient.
For example, I am fiscially conservative and socially liberal. However, the party system requires you to vote for a complete package of policies; there's no way to "unbundle" them and vote just for the things you believe in.
This kind of bundling creates huge distortions in the political system, since a party can sometimes win an election simply due to a single divisive issue such as abortion or gay marriage. The idea that a country's fiscal or foreign policy can be decided based on whether a candidate believes in illegalizing abortion is ridiculous.
In the next part of the series I'll describe an alternative system of government that doesn't have this kind of problem.