Sunday, October 27, 2013

Factions of Three or Greater Than

In a two party system, a protest vote against one candidate is forced to support indirectly the election of the other candidate regardless of the policies and theories of implementation of that other candidate. Remember, the system is inherently zero sum. Two party systems, therefore, mistakenly elects one party to implement its ideas, and the electing is done without actually supporting that party's ideas. The party supported then appears to have the support of the electorate, but does not actually do so. It must always be understood that two party systems are not exhaustive of all the possible political ideas, though we tend to forget this intuitively when we're faced with stalemates, holdups, and tensioned clashes. We sometimes mistake the active stability of two force vectors cancelling one another as Eternal Balance between two all-pervasive, mutually exclusive Principles of nature, and especially if those vectors always talk about their ideas and implementations as the Final Answer or the Truth about what needs fixing or preserving. It's more appropriate to see it as a conflict between two street thugs or two suburban neighbors or two regional nation-states: as yet another rivalry among humans.

By having at least one other candidate party, protest votes become disentangled from approval votes, and the natural diffusion of voting possibilities (imagine protesting against B by voting for C while someone protests A by voting for B: is it more or less prudent for a supporter of C to switch voting for C and instead vote for B to drive gambling voters from off B to drive more protesters of A and B to C? Now imagine the larger world of political thinking necessary to play the stakes this way) makes protesting rather than supporting a much more viable way of securing a place for minority views: as the major positions push against one another, protest voting by someone against both the majority positions opens up possibilities for more C parties to arise, political ideas and theories of implementation that do not complement the union of A and B positions.

This is why in the clash of every two major Principles of nature—choose your pick of any number of the successful binary ideas—there is always a marginal third position, that open position of all the other possibilities that could be, could have been, could possibly be, could only be if they were not ever to be. These are not the children of the clash of opposing forces, nor are they the waste of the battle or the agony of victory. What role does the brown moth play in a duel between Hector and Achilles? Only really great stories tell us how the greatly insignificant goes about its business delighting in total indifference to the epic lives of humans. It's always those stories that point the way into the hopeful future where neither Principles nor Powers can stand forever.

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