Would a third viable political party be helpful or hurtful to the U.S.?
The last time a viable third-party candidate ran for president in the U.S. was in 2000, when Ralph Nader of the Green Party ran against Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush.
In the U.S., there seemed to be a general feeling that Nader siphoned votes from the center-left Democrats and actually helped Republican George Bush win a plurality for the election. That, in turn, pulled the nation to the right and eventually made the Iraq war possible.
It was as if the Green Party had an effect opposite to what the left wanted.
A party in the middle could have a different effect, however, perhaps taking votes from Republicans.
Kim Dotcom is the figure behind file-storage and -sharing service Megaupload, and he has decided to bring his Internet Party to the U.S.
The Internet Party was founded in Kim’s current place of residence, New Zealand. Wikipedia describes the Internet Party as “A party advocating for less surveillance, copyright reform and cheap internet.”
Dotcom, who was born Kim Schmitz in Germany, announced Monday on his Twitter account that the Internet Party will arrive in the U.S. next year. Dotcom tweeted that the party will be “well-funded and run by American citizens,” adding that some of its founders come from the “music, film, and Internet” industries.