Category Archives: History

Support for Third Party and Independent Presidential Candidates in 2020 Mapped by County

Who’s ready for some more maps?! Our last post about @Mill226’s election maps was popular enough that I reached out to him about creating some more maps of third party and independent candidates for us to take a look at other election cycles.

He’s working on a whole series, and first up is a map which reflect which candidates placed third by county in the 2020 presidential election.… Read more ...

Fascinating County-by-County Maps Show Where Alternative Candidates Have Drawn Their Strength

Twitter mapmaker @Mill226 recently created a set of county-by-county maps to chart the best showings of third party and independent presidential candidates over the past half-century. He’s graciously allowing us to republish some of his maps here on IPR. If you find these kinds of visualizations interesting, you should definitely follow him on Twitter.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: Anarcho Claus and Parody Political Christmas Carols

Forty-five years ago the anarchist classic The Legend of Anarcho Claus was first published in New Libertarian Weekly (n54, 26 Dec 1976, p3-4).

The tale relates the story of, “Little Janie White who wants a chemistry set for Christmas, but her parents (try to) prohibit it. Tearfully waiting up until midnight .… Read more ...

Time Capsule: Conservatives Reject Chuck Percy, Back Libertarian in ’84 Illinois Senate Race

Rejecting Republican Sen. Charles H. Percy of Illinois as a “partisan Democrat in Republican’s clothing,’“ a group of nationally-recognized conservative leaders endorsed the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate on this weekend in 1984.

Too often, they believed, Percy had voted with liberal Democrats.

Percy described the move as a ”pretty transparent” maneuver to insure his defeat so that Republican conservatives could install Senator Jesse Helms, an arch-conservative Republican of North Carolina, as chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee — a post held by Percy in the Republican-controlled Senate since 1981 when he succeeded Idaho’s Frank Church.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: ‘Pitchfork Pat’ Buchanan Bolts GOP, Declares Reform Party Candidacy

Patrick J. Buchanan, the pugnacious conservative commentator whose insurgent candidacies briefly threatened the GOP’s frontrunners in 1992 and 1996, dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination and announced that he was seeking the Reform Party’s nomination on the last Monday of October in 1999.

Promising to shake up American politics, the 60-year-old Buchanan told a packed room of supporters and reporters at the Doubletree Hotel in Falls Church, Virginia, that his decision to leave the Republican Party — a party in which he proudly labored for nearly forty years — was a difficult one.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: Wisconsin’s Progressive Party Cheated by the Grim Reaper

Just 36 days after winning the governorship, this week in 1942 death cruelly intervened and denied the Wisconsin Progressive Party one of its greatest electoral achievements in the party’s twelve-year history.

While Minnesota’s neighboring Farmer-Labor Party went out with barely a whimper and most of the country’s other minor parties fared poorly at the ballot box that autumn, the most spectacular — and ultimately tragic — achievement by a third-party candidate in the 1942 mid-term elections occurred in Wisconsin’s three-way gubernatorial campaign where 49-year-old former attorney general Orland S.… Read more ...

Norman Thomas: The Socialist Minister

On this day 136 years ago, Norman Mattoon Thomas was born in Marion, Ohio. Being the first of six kids, Norman was always held to a high standard. Especially in a heavily Presbyterian household, becoming a minister in New York. His religious upbringing led him to become a conscientious objector during the first world war, which directly pushed him working with Socialist Party’s campaigns, due to them having an radical pacifist platform.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: William Allen White Waged War on the Klan in 1924 Gubernatorial Campaign

Legendary newspaper editor William Allen White, a man who advised Presidents and rubbed shoulders with some of the world’s greatest statesmen in a career that spanned five decades, waged one of the most fascinating and extraordinary political campaigns in the country, nearly toppling his major-party rivals in a bid to become governor of Kansas in 1924.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: Facing Only Minor-Party Opposition, Mayor Ed Koch Waged Vigorous Re-Election Bid

Despite winning both major party nominations in 1981 — the first New York City mayor to do so — Mayor Ed Koch announced that he would wage a full-scale campaign for re-election against minor-party opposition.

Koch, who swept past Brooklyn assemblyman Frank J. Barbaro and 36-year-old Melvin Kerensky — an associate of Lyndon H.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: Aging Norman Thomas Placed a Socialist on New York City’s Ballot

The following is excerpted from Darcy G. Richardson’s new “The Lowest Ebb: Norman Thomas and America’s Minor Parties in 1944,” available at Amazon and other booksellers.

Still battling the two-headed Goliath, an aging Norman M. Thomas — a six-time candidate for the presidency on the Socialist Party ticket — filed nominating petitions to place the name of Richard F.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: Protest Votes Loomed Large in 1992’s Ohio Senate Slugfest

As Americans head to the polls later today, it’ll be interesting to see if a genuine dark-horse candidate — somebody running outside the duopoly, someone nobody expected nor even heard of, for that matter — could startle the pundits with an unexpectedly strong showing.

Given the extreme partisanship and polarization of American politics, it would probably be a healthy development.… Read more ...