I've been around long enough to be registered to and somewhat involved with a number of so-called "third party" efforts. These include the Libertarian, Peace and Freedom, Green and my very favorite defunct effort the Natural Law Party. The Greens and Libertarians have been around for at least 30 years and have NEVER expanded beyond their base of die-hard supporters. What do you think it will take for a new political party to break through and actually gain traction at the municipal, state or national levels?

  • Are you referring to the US? You should specify that in the question so we know. – Sklivvz Dec 25 '12 at 1:17
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    The speculative nature of this question makes it not constructive. No one has a crystal ball and punditry is not good for SE. Voting to close. (As much as I personally would love to get into this) – SoylentGray Dec 25 '12 at 4:34
  • This type of discussion-starter and debate isn't really the type of question that will work with Stack Exchange. – Robert Cartaino Dec 26 '12 at 0:23
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    Closers: this Q. is not asking for predictions, it's an abstract Q. about our models of political sufficiency, a quantum satis; i.e. how much power and resources are required. – agc Jul 15 '19 at 0:58
  • @agc You're not concerned that, since this has never happened in the modern era, answers to this question will be overly speculative and more concerned with trashing the "corrupt two-party system" than actually answering the question? I'm not arguing against reopening, but that's the concern that's keeping me from casting a reopen vote – divibisan Jul 15 '19 at 17:07

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