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  •  Revise and Extend (none)
    Not entirely true.  All Duverger's law says is that a multi-party system in winner-take-all single member districts is unstable. It is perfectly possible that, in a situation with both sides far polarized, a middle party could come in and capture and election.  This new party would then take the place of one of the two existing parties.

    I also think it is entirely possible that we will see this occur in the US in our lifetime.

    •  It's a probabilistic law (none)
      as all social-science "laws" are. All things considered, a multi-party system in a first-past-the-post electoral system is both unlikely to emerge and, if it does, remain in effect for long.

      Sure, voter polarization could allow a third-party to temporarily exist in the United States...but if we get to that point then we're in a far worse situation where we are now.  

      Sponge Bob, Mandrake, Cartoons. That's how your hard-core islamahomocommienazis work.

      by Benito on Wed Sep 21, 2005 at 12:36:24 PM PDT

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