Thursday, July 06, 2006

U.S. Multiparty system

Jim Henley, responding to my earlier post,highlights the dilemma that we (classical) liberals/libertarians face on election day in this two-party system (yes, yes, I know that there is a libertarian party) when he points out that he dislikes (well, despises) Jim Webb's economic nationalist agenda while approving of his position on Iraq. This is when many of us fantasize about a multi-party system in this country (and yes, yes, I know why our sytem is more effective in preventing the rise of dangerous demagogues, is more stable, etc.). So here is my proposal for a new multi-party system (and note that I've chosen "fresh" faces to lead them, e.g., Sailer, and not Buchanan to lead the Nationalist Party).

The Liberal Party led by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Supports free markets/free trade. Liberal on social-cultural issues (drugs, gays, abortion, etc.). Pro-immigration and anti-interventionist (although I can imagine a scenario when a few neocons influence the party's foreign policy agenda in a more "Wilsonian" direction). Jim will probably vote for these guys.

The Nationalist Party led by Steve Sailer. The Jacksonians. Orientation towards economic nationalism and anti-immigration. Expect some divisions over social-cultural (Buchanan Catholics and Southern Protestants vs. Midwestern conservatives) issues and foreign policy (Buchanan vs. Malkin).

The Christian-Democratic party led by Chuck Hagel. The moderate/centrist party on the political right. You get the idea.

The Social-Democratic party led by Russ Feingold. The moderate/centrist party on the political left. Again, you get the idea.

The Green Party led by Robert Kennedy Jr. Economic nationalist, pro-immigration, liberal on social-cultural issues and anti-interventionist.

Now... you have to admit. That would be an exciting election. And even more exciting would be the efforts to form post-election coalition. What's you favorite combinations? Liberal/Christian-Democrats? Green/Social-Democrats? Nationalists/Christian-Democrats? Liberal/Green/Social-Democrats? Christian-Democrats/Social-Democrats?