Thanks for the suggestion, Tristan! I’ve heard of that film but never got around to watching it. I’ll make it a point to check it out as soon as I have the time.

Also, you raise an important point about third-party voters’ inclinations. I don’t have it in front of me, but I believe it was Nate Silver, the statistics guru, who pointed out that a lot of people who voted for Johnson and Stein in 2016 never would have voted if Clinton and Trump were the only choices. That was one of the points he raised in support of his contention that Trump probably would have won even if Johnson and Stein sat the election out.

The question that this brings to my mind is why so many people seem to get more angry with third-party voters than they do with the eligible voters who decide to stay home. I mean, at least the Greens and Libertarians are showing up to the polls. Plus, the non-voters outnumber third-party voters by a huge margin, so it seems safe to presume that their lack of participation had a much bigger impact on the 2016 election than the one that third-party voters had.

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