In episode #1494 of the Joe Rogan experience, former Evergreen State College professor Bret Weinstein unveiled an audacious proposal for the 2020 American election.
Referred to as the Articles of Unity or Unity 2020, it proposes a plan to draw two candidates from opposite sides of the political spectrum, thereby preventing a Donald Trump or Joe Biden presidency.
Soon after the public announcement, Weinstein published a whitepaper detailing Unity 2020's motivations and strategies. Most notably, it called for a radically different governing strategy focused on reducing bipartisanship.
Once elected, they agree to govern as a team. All decisions and appointments will be made jointly in the interests of the American public. Only when they cannot reach agreement, or when a decision does not allow for consultation, does the President decide independently. A coin flip determines which candidate runs at the top of the ticket.
The movement intends to target voters who feel disenfranchised from the partisan duopoly of American politics, especially those upset with both Trump and Biden who are forced to decide between the "lesser of two evils".
Measuring on the prospects of electability, the Unity movement sits at around a flat zero. Many other third parties have tried and failed, and there was no reason to believe Unity 2020 wasn't going to face the same fallout.
But rather than looking at Unity 2020 as a failed grassroots movement, it is a glimpse of the future of American politics. The number of Americans who are distraught with the duoploy of American politics is steadfastly rising and the Unity movement is an indication that many are attempting to break free from the existing political institutions.
Unity 2020 also faced a particularly bizarre Twitter ban. After gaining 25.5k followers, the @ArticlesOfUnity Twitter account was suspended on August 29th, 2020. All tweets containing the link, ArticlesOfUnity.org, were blocked from being shared.
Only two days before the suspension, hundreds of Articles of Unity followers tweeted the #JustSayNoToDonaldAndJoe hashtag during the final night of the Republican National Convention, leading some to suspect that Twitter had algorithmically flagged Unity 2020 as spam.
Eric Weinstein, managing director of Thiel Capital and Bret Weinstein's brother, later shared an update that said he was in a discussion with Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey on the situation. While bans to the links of Unity's website were lifted, the account remains suspended.
The @ArticesOfUnity Twitter account remains suspended to this day. Twitter has not commented on an exact reason for the suspension.
On September the 23rd, 2020, the Unity 2020 campaign was suspended after failing to gain viable support. This was promised earlier in the campaign as a mechanism to prevent "spoiling" the ballot.
When we announced this plan, we promised to avoid playing the role of the spoiler. We said that if the Unity ticket did not have a viable path to the White House, we would suspend Unity2020. Tonight, we are carrying through on that promise. We do this with considerable trepidation, knowing that the danger has not passed but instead has grown as the election nears. Nonetheless, we are confident that this is the wise course.