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Some speculations about a new second party

Here we are at the end of silly season, and it’s obvious we’ve got to do something about our two pointless political parties.

American democracy fully deserves an 1856 moment. You all remember that in 1856 the Whig Party collapsed, and split into two parties — the Know-Nothing Party, which disintegrated with the Civil War, and the Republican Party, which became the new second party. Here’s how I see it playing out.

The Republican coalition collapses. The libertarians are recruited by the Democrats, maybe after some time in the Libertarian Party; the fundies form their own, regional party, limited mostly to the Great Plains, the Deep South, and Appalachia.

A portion of the Democratic Party splits off and becomes the new second party.

I don’t think that second party will be the Green Party. What do you think?

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Ph.D., Communication, The Ohio State University, 1998
M.A., English, Sonoma State University, 1992
B.A., Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1984