Dead Men Left

Saturday, August 07, 2004

A post here on Greens for Nader, interesting mostly for its details on a certain strange desperation in the Anybody But Bush camp, and the paucity of their arguments. The critical point against Nader rests on the assumption that those voting for him would otherwise be persuaded into the polls to vote for the Lesser Evil. (Hal Draper's article on Lesser Evilism can be read here; swap "neoliberalism" for "statification" and the argument is as relevant today as it was in the 1960s.) Yoshi at Critical Montages has recent opinion poll data on Nader's support showing more support for him in 2004 than in 2000, and some anecdotal evidence reinforcing the general point: Nader can persuade people into the polling booths who otherwise would not turn up.