The Forward Party (FWD) is a political action committee (PAC) that seeks to form a new political party in the United States.
The FWD, which was founded by former 2020 presidential and 2021 NYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, describes its goals as the reduction of partisan polarization and implementing electoral reforms. The Forward Party was officially formed as a political action committee on October 5, 2021. The PAC intends to seek recognition from the Federal Election Commission as a political party to achieve its stated goal of providing an alternative to America's two-party system. However, it also states that for the time being, candidates affiliated with the organization will remain members of the two major American political parties, as well as independent candidates.
== History ==
In Yang's 2021 book, Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy, he announced the creation of the party. Yang also criticized American political leaders, writing that "our leaders are rewarded based not on solving problems but on accruing resources and retaining office."Yang said that part of the reason why he wanted to start a third party instead of a caucus within the Democratic Party, was that a majority of states with ballot initiatives are red states, and that efforts to institute electoral changes would be partisan and not system-wide. Yang stated that he would have liked to have implemented the Forward Party's platform within the Democratic Party. However, he felt that the implementation of ranked-choice voting and open primaries would be difficult to get while remaining a Democrat.The Forward Party claims that it will endorse candidates of both major parties in the 2022 elections who support its policies. Yang states that the Forward Party will not serve a spoiler because it will endorse any Democrats and Republicans who support the party's platform. The Forward Party website suggests that candidates affiliated with the Forward Party will likely run as a member of one of the two major parties.Yang stated that the Forward Party is not interested in running a candidate for president, but is focused on trying to decrease partisan gridlock within Congress and state legislatures. The Forward Party has stated it may hold its own primary process to nominate a candidate prior to the 2024 United States presidential election. The party's initial team includes former congressional candidate Blair Walsingham and attorney Jeff Kurzon.
== Political positions ==
The party's platform includes instituting 18-year term limits for members of Congress. It also seeks to establish a new cabinet-level Department of Technology. The party supports civic juries and advocates for a "citizens' portal". The Forward Party supports data as a property right. The PAC calls for an economy based on "human-centered capitalism" and the enactment of universal basic income. The PAC's platform also expresses support for alternative forms of measuring economic progress. Additionally, the Forward Party's website advocates automatic tax filing. The party also states that it is in favor of "reasonable and rational" regulation of cryptocurrencies. The Forward Party supports the implementation of a universal health care system. The party's platform encourages states to adopt open primaries and implement ranked-choice voting. The party also supports independent redistricting commissions and public finance reform in the form of democracy dollars.
== Reception ==
The Forward Party has faced criticism from some Democrats, who believe the party could have a spoiler effect and benefit Republicans. American socialist magazine Jacobin criticized the conception of the party as "pseudopopulism that's ultimately more an effort at rebranding the status quo than overthrowing it." MSNBC opinion columnist Zeeshan Aleem called the Forward Party "an uninspiring mess lacking vision or purpose."Natalie Shure of The New Republic characterized the party as "vapid" and a "political stunt", asking, "why bother going through the trouble of building a third party if its creation is the only thing it intends to accomplish?" Others praised the party, including opinion writer for The New York Times, Kara Swisher, who said "Yang does not just give us a laundry list of intractable problems, but shows how we can find solutions if we think in new ways and summon the courage to do so."
== See also ==
Basic Income Party, a political party in South Korea which ran as a part of the Democratic Party of Korea's list advocating for a basic income
Alliance Party, a minor political party in the United States also focused primarily on electoral and political reform
Serve America Movement, a big tent minor political party in the United States who also states electoral and political reform as a goal.
== References ==
== External links ==
Andrew Yang's announcement of the creation of the Forward Party