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New York Times Publishes Essay on the Usefulness of New and Minor Political Parties

The Sunday New York Times, for April 6, has this essay by history professor Molly Worthen. It is about how the Progressive Party of Vermont was instrumental in causing Vermont to pass a single-payer health system, and it makes the general point that new and minor parties not only introduce new ideas, but they sometimes have enough clout to get those ideas passed into law. The article says a similar example was how the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Party of Saskatchewan had a similar effect in 1946, which eventually influenced not only policy in that province, but in the entire nation. Thanks to Roy Christman for the link.

2 Responses

  1. Demo Rep

    So very easy to be a communist with the income and assets of OTHER folks.

    See the various past and current bankrupt regimes — esp. the U.S.A. bankrupt regime.

  2. Mark Brown

    Nice little piece. So much more could be said.

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