Third Party: Political Alternatives in the Age of Duopoly | Chicago Reader

Third Party: Political Alternatives in the Age of Duopoly

Michael Burns's video about American third-party movements past and present is interesting if ungainly and inconclusive. The political slant is to the left: Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky are primary talking heads. The video generally equates third parties with democracy—but finesses the existence of ultraright-wing parties. Green candidate Mike DeRosa's 2002 run for the Connecticut state senate provides a narrative frame and some illustrations of the obstacles independents face, but Burns is too focused on process to spell out DeRosa's platform, which makes the campaign less interesting to watch. 105 min.

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