[ExI] Conscientious objections

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Wed Nov 14 10:23:45 UTC 2012

On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 10:07 AM, Rafal Smigrodzki  wrote:
> ### Minority parties in the US have no chance of ever changing the
> status quo, due to the existence of the electoral college and
> non-proportional voting.

Agreed, but you have to start somewhere.
The idea is that slowly minority parties will grow until they start to
be worth paying attention to. But they need votes to achieve this.

Some extreme parties will always be minority parties because their
policies will never get widespread support, but you don't know which
parties until you try.

Minority parties can affect policy change even without winning
elections. When their policies get sufficient voter approval, then the
dominant parties (for self preservation reasons) usually start to
gradually change their own policies to accommodate those of the new
boys in order to undermine their support.

You don't need to win the election to cause some policy changes.


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