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Old 02-24-2011, 03:27 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by Taco John View Post
You didn't really say anything to counter his point. You just kind of talked around it.
Shrug.

The entire argument that third parties stand no chance in a public financing system is assinine at best. How, exactly, are they doing now?

Public financing can conceivably be tweeked so that more parties can participate. Conceivably. There's at least a glimmer of hope there. There's none in our system today. Unless, of COURSE, you're a billionaire.

The point is completely moot anyway. There's more than institutional barriers preventing third parties from getting in on the action. There's constitutional barriers: so long as we are a winner-take-all election system, the vast majority of right-to-the-centers will vote for the designated "conservative" party, the vast majority of left-to-the-centers will vote for the designated "liberal" party -- few will splinter off, for fear of "the other side."

So we can argue hypotheticals about third parties and pretend that's the dealbreaker for public financing. But with or without it, it's moot anyway because we don't live under a proportional system that rewards third parties, we live under a winner-take-all system that renders them meaningless.
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