Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
Vote for a Better America
“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.”
- George Washington, farewell address (*)

This is my last pitch – why a vote for the Libertarian candidates, Governors Gary Johnson & Bill Weld, is the most meaningful ballot you can possibly cast today. It is because they are on the cusp of the historic accomplishment of getting more than 5% of the popular vote. And when they do, the Libertarian Party achieves “major party” status – and the two-party duopoly stranglehold on American government is broken, probably forever.

If the Libertarian candidate gets 5% of the vote this year, then next election the Libertarian candidate is automatically on the ballot in all 50 states – rather than having to spend a fortune in money, person-hours, and attention, collecting signatures and fighting for ballot access in each of the 50 states, all of which have differently byzantine rules about this. They also automatically get $10 million in federal election funding. (You did know the system is rigged in favor of the Rs and Ds, didn't you?)

It was the colossally broken and hyper-partisan two-party system which this year has brought us the choice of two candidates hated by a majority of Americans. It also brought us the most sordid, scurrilous, mean, issue-free, and generally unpleasant campaign in memory. If you want to avoid a repeat of this, or even worse, every four years forever, there's something you can do about it today. Vote against both of the bad options served up to you as faits accomplis, get Johnson & Weld over the 5% mark – and contribute to real change, and more choice and openness, in the American presidential selection process. Vote against this train wreck of a presidential election, and in favor of a better one next time. It's not going to get better on it's own.

But your vote today can make a real difference.


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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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