Third Party Platforms

Archive Report


Independent political movements in the United States, notwithstanding an almost consistent record of failure in national elections, have frequently prepared the way for acceptance by one or both of the major parties of principles for which they have stood, and thus have exerted an influence upon governmental policy and action out of all proportion to their voting strength. Examples of minor party declarations which have been put into effect by the dominant parties, following the defeat of independent candidates at the polls, were cited in the recent report on “Third Parties Past and Prospective.”

In view of this record of the past, it becomes important—however much the voting strength of the prospective LaFollette movement may be discounted—to examine the ideas that will underlie this movement, ...

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