Wow. Very interesting post and discussion. Some well thought out comments which sadly is not the case in many online political discussions.
My two bits for what its worth - (disclosure, I have a startup working on disrupting politics by increasing overall participation)
I'm not crystal clear on the overall goal. Is it new voting laws, disrupting the two party system, or more broadly getting the disaffected eligible non-voters engaged? I ask, because the the primary goal obviously effects whether forming a new party is the way to go or if another approach is better.
I'm guessing the primary goal is a government that people feel better represents their views. If so, I believe the best approach is to increase participation in the political discourse. Voting should be the start, not the end of participation.
I wonder what everyone thinks about trying to make two changes to our society:
The 130+ million people that voted
1) told their officials how they felt about 1 issue a month and then tracked if their officials actually help make policies related to that issue.
2)Voted in primaries- gerrymandering only works because no one votes in primaries where most districts decide who will hold office. This would make many more district competitive (maybe not across they entire political perspective but their would be choices) and make every incumbent feel accountable.