Monday, October 18, 2004

My Blog Is a Comment Archive --
After correcting an uninformed commenter's attempt to play gotcha in responses to
this post by Matthew Yglesias, I added:

I should also mention my interpretation of American politics, that the major parties come about as a result of coalitions being formed before the election rather than after the election as in a parliamentary system.

A third-party effort as a form of punishment is really the wrong way to go about reforming a major party. Staying home is a better form of protest than voting third-party.

The third-party option is for people who want to blow up the political system, not just shift it. Really, you should only go that route if you feel you absolutely can never have a home in one of the major party coalitions or if you want to completely destroy the one closest to you.

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