This will probably interest all those non-US citizens who wonder whats up with the two-right-wing-party state of affairs in the US, like myself.
With polls showing voter frustration with "politics as usual," the Dole Institute of Politics hosted a day of programming devoted to the discussion of third party alternatives to the Democratic and Republican Parties.
In this first program a panel of academic experts examined the history and potential for third party success in coming elections.
Participating in the program was: Lisa Disch, professor of political science at the University of Minnesota and author of The Tyranny of the Two-Party System.
John H. Aldrich, the Pfizer-Pratt university professor of political science at Duke University and author of Why Parties?
J. David Gillespie, professor of political science at the College of Charleston and author of Politics at the Periphery.
Bob Beatty, professor of political science at Washburn University and expert on Kansas' own "three party" system.
Jonathan Earle, author of The Free Soil and Republican Parties in 19th Century America, and interim director of the Dole Institute will moderate the discussion.
The evening panel featured the first visit of former CBS News anchor Bill Kurtis, KU alumnus and host of numerous A&E crime shows, to the Institute since its dedication in 2003. This panel featured David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute; Unity '08 founders and political veterans Doug Bailey and Gerald Rafshoon; Richard Winger of the Coalition for Free and Open Elections; and Micah Sifry, author of Spoiling for a Fight: Third Party Politics in America.
Full video here: http://www.doleinstitute.org/video/index.html