Is It Wrong to Vote Third Party?

 Posted by on 24 October 2012 at 11:00 am  Election, Politics
Oct 242012

I posted this comment to Facebook last week:

If you’re going to tell me that it’s wrong or stupid to vote for a third party candidate, my reply is: “Oh gee, then I’ll vote for Obama.” But wait, that doesn’t make you happy? Then perhaps you should have given me some kind of argument for voting for Mittens, silly.


Also, if that’s your argument, then you’d better be sad every time a liberal decides to vote for Gary Johnson rather than OBummer.

In case you’ve not heard it, I discussed my views on voting strategy in this podcast segment:

  • Anthony

    I don’t think it’s wrong to vote for a third party. I do think it’s wrong (at least in the sense of mistaken) to vote for Gary Johnson.

  • Anthony

    Okay, I’ve now listened to the podcast.

    For the most part, I agree with what you have said. My biggest point of disagreement is on the relative importance of balancing the budget, and the related issue of whether or not Gary Johnson is a significantly better candidate (or, indeed, a better candidate at all).

    First of all, I don’t believe balancing the budget is a moral issue nor an issue of rights violation. If people want to voluntarily lend money to the government, their rights are not violated by the government borrowing that money. A proper government may choose to sometimes borrow money.

    The real issue is taxation. That is the rights violation. And on this issue, Gary Johnson is absolutely horrible. I have neither the space nor the time to go into all the details as to the problems with the so-called “Fair Tax”, and I don’t expect you to just trust me on this one. I would advocate that anyone thinking about voting for Gary Johnson or who believes the so-called “Fair Tax” would be an improvement over the current income tax read the actual Fair Tax Act of 2011 ( And I’d be happy to answer questions asked here about that bill and/or the concept behind it.

    The so-called “Fair Tax” is nothing like the state sales tax which you are familiar with. And the very name given to it shows the lack of principled support for rights that its advocates hold. A vote for Gary Johnson is, at best, a vote for the lesser of evils. Though in my opinion a vote for Gary Johnson would more likely be a vote for the worse of evils.

  • Anthony

    I just wrote a somewhat long comment about your podcast and Gary Johnson. I’m not sure if it went through or not. If not, briefly:

    1) I largely agree with your podcast. 2) Where I disagree is with the framing of the issue as balancing the budget. 3) The real issue is taxation (the rights violation), not balancing the budget (people who lend money to the government do so voluntarily). 4) Gary Johnson advocates what he and others call the “Fair Tax”. 5) You can read the “Fair Tax Act of 2011″ at 6) I would be happy to answer questions about its evils here. 7) The so-called “Fair Tax” is nothing like the sales tax you are likely familiar with – because it covers services in addition to products it is in fact much closer to the income tax.

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