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This is the grave of James Birney. Born in 1792 in Danville, Kentucky to Irish immigrants, Birney’s family was torn on the issue of slavery. He had abolitionist family members. His father also owned slaves. In fact, Birney himself was given his first slave at the age of 6. By the time he attended the […]

John Anderson

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On December 6, 2017

I suppose it’s worth mentioning the death of John Anderson. As someone who has thought a good bit about vanity third parties presidential campaigns, largely with pure contempt for them and the p

Tattoo Politics

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On October 20, 2016

This is shooting fish in a barrel, I know. But I could not let this insipid Vox essay by a young Jill Stein voter go unmentioned. It’s hard to say why so many millennials are voting third party. Amo

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Above: The Rhode Island Democratic Party I’ve talked before about how the Rhode Island Democratic Party is an out of control dumpster fire. In a 1-party state, being a Democratic politician means nothing more than “I want power.” That’s how you have the Rhode Island Democratic Party borrowing legislation from Oklahoma banning municipalities from setting […]

Third Party Addenda

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On July 26, 2011
I endorse Erik’s post, but to add a few points: Arguments that third parties are potentially useful vehicles for political transformation confuse cause and effect.   Given American electoral rules, third parties generally reflect new issues that cause parties to realign, but they don’t cause the realignments.    It its implausible in the extreme, for example, to […]
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