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Most third parties fade away, remain highly marginal or form legislative alliances with major parties. But sometimes one catches fire and the end result is a lot of members from other parties join and IT becomes one of the major parties - a political realignment, which was what happened to the American Whig Party, being completed by the election of Republican Abraham Lincoln. Other times there are realignments in which factions within a major party change parties, as with the Progressives joining the Democrats, transitioning beginning about 1916 and being complete with the election of FDR.

I don't know what, if anything, will happen with the progressives. I just doubt that, without a realignment, the current corrupt duopoly of Rep/Dem will be sufficiently able to deal with real world problems for the very government to survive even another decade. I don't see a workable path forward that doesn't involve dealing rather harshly with the US financial sector and those who it represents.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed May 18th, 2016 at 08:48:28 PM EST
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