All major changes in America since 1840 have come from the platforms of small parties. Sometimes these parties themselves became Soft Machines in their own right or remakes of earlier Soft Machines whose names became associated with excessive corrupt venality and parasitism. Big Government Federalists collapsed and reformed first as Whigs, then as Red Republicans. Smaller parties, typically formed around a particular issue, in every case end up winning either by swallowing a legacy half of The Kleptocracy or by causing it to incorporate them and their platform as its own–as occurred when Nixon Republicans incorporated George Wallace Dixiecrats (complete with watered-down racial collectivism and prohibitionism) over the course of the 1968 and 1972 elections.
During those same elections the laissez-faire youth movement, with its Human Rights and Buffalo Party factions, was gradually submerged by Democrats pushing the sort of unionized socialist, socialist labor and communist parties that had multiplied sevenfold after FDR beat Herbert Hoover. Republicans absorbed the Prohibition Party and KKK in 1928 and 1932, enacting confiscatory policies that wrecked the banking system, then the entire economy. The Great Depression increased Communist Party membership till it practically swamped the FDR Administration. Activists concerned with repeal of cruel laws were submerged by established looter parties advocating a planned economy no less coercive than that of the Republican-Prohibition coalition of the Progressive Era and Roaring Twenties.
The only real change has been the Nixon Anti-Libertarian Law of 1971, using the IRS to subsidize anti-libertarian party campaigns no matter how lamentable or deadly their aims. Now, suddenly, lobbyists for a gauntlet-style election process that lines up candidates and ranks them by the amount of hatred or adoration they elicit in extremely complicated processes intended to replace runoffs after close elections.
Speculative math aside, my question is: when was the last time a libertarian candidate won a ranked/gauntlet election?
If never is the answer, I’d love to know how LP candidates did percentage-wise compared to earlier non-gauntlet elections in the same precincts.
The recent drop in Libertarian spoiler votes occurred in exactly the same electoral environment as our 328% gain in 2016–with rival Kleptocracy factions shrieking election fraud when defeated. The only difference were the anarchist plank to invite more terrorists and welfare state failures across the border, and the anarchist plank intended to replace execution of mass murderers with vigilante violence. Both of these planks–plus an ignorant anti-libertarian nihilist candidate on the top ticket–served to alienate 2/3 of the voters who eagerly supported the Libertarian Party in 2016.
Ranked gauntlet voting will not restore the popularity of a Libertarian Party given over entirely to communist, anarchist and nihilist orators. In fact, its adoption in internal LP elections resulted in appalling losses of lamentable national candidates even when state and local candidates fared well after having themselves been selected the way that worked for the two centuries preceding Nixon’s election subsidies law.
So what evidence from reality shows gauntlet voting has ever helped further reduction of the initiation of force?
Find out the juicy details behind the mother of all economic collapses. Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929 is available in two languages on Amazon Kindle, each at the cost of a pint of craft beer.
Brazilian Sci-fi from 1926 featuring the usual beautiful daughter of a scientist touting prohibition and racial collectivism in America’s Black President 2228 by Monteiro Lobato, translated by J Henry Phillips (link)