To Choose or not to Choose

Predictably, Green Party activist Ralph Nader has a new book out, just in time for the upcoming election cycle. Maybe he’ll even run for president again. What he does in the intervening years to build the party or generate effective leadership is unclear.

In recent years Nader has been more of a spoiler than a candidate who was able to change the political landscape. It isn’t that he has nothing to add or that his ideas are insubstantial but he suffers, like most third-party candidates, over how to attract enough support and financing to win on election day. The problem with the two-party lock on elections is that it didn’t just suddenly materialize out of thin air. It is the result of long-standing, endemic practices that endure because of how elections are financed. Choose your poison in terms of which big-time contributors underwrite your party of choice.