Debate: The 20th Century’s Most Successful Third Party?

Between 1900 and 2000 a great many third parties came and went. The Bull Moose Party, several versions of the Progressive Party… Wallace’s American Independent Party… The Libertarians… The Reform Party… and MANY others!

So… the big question is, which of these parties made the biggest mark on the political landscape during the last century?

6 Responses to “Debate: The 20th Century’s Most Successful Third Party?”

  1. Douglas E. Says:

    The Prohibition Party may not have been that successful in electoral politics, but it certainly did get it’s single issue addressed. At least for a decade or so. Has any other third party been responsible for a Constitutional Amendment?

  2. Donny Ferguson Says:

    The 16th (income tax,) 17th (direct election of senators) and 19th (women’s suffrage) Amendments would not have happened were it not for the Progressive Party.

  3. NewFederalist Says:

    Excellent points by both Douglas E. and Donny Ferguson. I would point out that the Socialist Party of Eugene V. Debs and Norman M. Thomas probably influenced the New Deal more than any other single source and watched most of its platform become enacted by the Democrats in response to the Great Depression. I believe those sweeping changes in the way the national government related to the citizenry in the realm of economics and social planning make it the most successful “third” party of the 20th Century.

  4. Right Democrat Says:

    In my view, the most effective third party of the 20th Century was the American Independent Party. The 1968 Presidential campaign of George Wallace played a major role in the shift of public opinion among working class Americans toward the right. Many of the Wallace voters and their offspring became the Reagan Democrats and the Bush voters of today.

  5. Chris Bennett Says:

    I think the Socialist and Populist Parties the most influential. They got (in the end) their agendas adopted into American society. I hope that the Libertarian Party was as influential today. It would reverse most of those bad policies those parties created.

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