Why Voting 3rd Party Can Change History: The Election of 1924
I often browse the blog of economist and author Aaron Clarey who goes by the name, Captain Capitalism for his blog. His post, Conservative Idiots Who “Protest the Vote” about this upcoming election misses an important lesson from history where voting 3rd party changed the results of an election.
History – for those of us who actually read it instead of watching Netflix – can teach us all sorts of fun things that internet comment brawls can’t.
Voting 3rd party can push a main party in a specific direction. Don’t believe me?
Take for example the presidential election of 1924. Calvin Coolidge crushed his main democratic opponent, but his election win helped reveal a noticeable split had occurred in the democratic party.
The democrat nominee for president was John Davis. During the election, he was considered by the growing progressive movement of the time to be too conservative. Just think about that. One only wonders what being considered too conservative by the Democrat party meant back then. Note the populist influence on progressives of the early 20th century.
The progressives that usually supported the democrat party – even though it didn’t exactly completely and utterly yet emanate their views – bolted from the party in protest and voted in favor of the 3rd party progressive candidate Robert M. La Follette from Wisconsin. This represented a deep fragmentation in the party that had finally manifested on a national level of impact.
The Election of 1924
It was a landslide election, particularly in the electoral votes for Coolidge. However, the popular vote totals are very important.
1. Calvin Coolidge receives 15,723,789 of the popular vote thus 54% of it.
2. John W. Davis receives 8,386,242 of the popular vote thus 28.8% of it.
3. Robert M. La Follette receives 4,831,706 of the popular vote thus 16.6% of it.
The end result of the 1924 election for the democrat party is that the party embraced the ideal of the progressives on their party plank and the party was forever changed. The party had secured the future votes of Progressives, but the conservative element of the party would move into a decline that is evident of the party today.
As a pessimistic libertarian, imagine if the Libertarian party cost the republicans 16% of the popular vote in a presidential election.
Yes, the “evil” Democrats would have even more of a free reign to destroy our lives than they usually do, but the Republican Party would have to change its positions if it wanted to again be a party capable of winning major elections.
We Need A System Implosion
Honestly, the Republican party is in trouble. It has been for some time just due to simple demographics. It needs to change, and it needs to change now if it wants to slow the decline. Perhaps a widespread deviation from the party by libertarian voters who are usually forced to pick between the best of two evils is taser to the nipples that the party needs.
Even if it doesn’t work in this hypothetical future situation- even though history has shown its worked in the past – the decline of the country will happen even faster. I’ve always been leaning toward the conclusion that the country is doomed. As Stephan Molyneux has one said, “The experiment in limited government has been a failure.”
I am now to the point where I strongly believe the system can’t be saved. It needs to implode and restart. We need to let the car wreck of today happen instead of pushing it off with “The Republican Party” of the trainwreck of 50 years from now. Either it’s gonna hurt now, or alot more in the future. The recent riots we’ve seen in Ferguson and now Baltimore are only the beginning.
Reading through Aaron Clarey’s (Captain Capitalism) book on the incoming decline of the country has re-affirmed and reinforced my conclusion. It is because of his views on the country’s future as a whole that I find it confusing as to why he wants to delay socialism or simply setback the incoming trainwreck through voting. I’d much rather have it happen now. (Granted I’m newly only 26, single, and have no kids.)
Now you can still be pessimistic, but you still get everything back from our robbing thieving government and enjoy life and the decline as it happens. If they are going to rob you, its time to use the welfare system to rob them back. I highly suggest Aaron Clareys: Enjoy the Decline: Accepting and Living with the Death of the United States.
Note the very conservative viewpoint of the book, but economics and our massive bureaucracy doesn’t lie. You can’t sustain a system in which there are more people who don’t work vs those that do.
Cheers to all my fellow vagrants.