The country at present faces the probability of a new third, party movement which, whatever its fortunes at the polls in 1924, may have an important influence upon the future political history of the United States. While the strength of the two party system is beyond question, an examination of American political history shows that independent political movements frequently have had an important influence upon election results and considerable influence in molding subsequent political and governmental policies.
The dominant figure in the new political movement is Robert Marion LaFollette, the senior senator from Wisconsin. Senator LaFollette has as yet made no formal announcement of his candidacy or his plans for the coming campaign. A fairly definite indication of what is in his mind has been ...