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Third Parties: Schultz 2020?

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While history has seen numerous political parties in the United States, the Democrats and Republicans have effectively locked down control of the system. This is not to say that third-party candidates have not run (Jill Stein and Ralph Nader) or even won (Bernie Sanders). While the 2020 field has yet to be fully occupied, Starbucks “person of means” Howard Schultz expressed plans to run as an independent. While Donald Trump insulted him, Trump does want him to run. Alas for Schultz, few people seem to want to vote for an egotistical billionaire asshole. After all, one might say, we might already have one of those in office. While the relative merits of Schultz can be debated, I will focus on the more general matter of third-party candidates. As noted above, the political machinery of the Republicans and Democrats have a lock on the political system. However, these parties do not date back to the founding of the country, thus showing that new parties can and have arisen to replace the old. As such, the idea of a successful third-party emerging is not absurd. That said, such a party would face two formidable cash-infused monsters who control the machinery of the state. While one party might see an advantage in a third-party that damaged their rival, both parties would presumably join forces in bipartisan unity to defend their shared lock on politics from a third party. Because of this, any third-party would face an uphill battle. On the positive side, the number of independent or no-party-affiliation voters is quite large—according to a recent poll, 42% of Americans self-identify as independents. While independents presumably do not all share a unifying ideology, there are clearly enough of them to allow for a viable third-party candidate—if that candidate could get their support. The question is whether the independents could be motivated to form an organized third party that could challenge the two dominant parties. There is the concern that at least some. . .

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