Tuesday, June 29, 2004

And Then There Were Nine (or on Earth, Two)... 

It appears that one of the ten political parties to have a presidential candidate on at least one 2000 ballot has decided to take its ball and go home:
The Natural Law Party — the political party founded in 1992 by followers of purported cult leader Maharishi Mahesh Yogi — has been dissolved. Party co-founder and nuclear physicist John Hagelin was the NLP Presidential nominee in 1992, 1996 and 2000 — peaking in support in 1996 with ballot status in an impressive 44 states (110,000 votes - 0.1%). The NLP also regularly ran a large number of candidates for Congress and other down-ballot offices. The NLP made failed attempts in 2000 to grab control of the Green Party, and later the Reform Party. Last year, the NLP officially endorsed Dennis Kucinich for President and seemingly held out the possibility of giving him their 2004 nomination. In an odd twist, a notice posted on the NLP website within the past week states that the NLP leadership voted two months ago to shut down the NLP as a national party. The notice also says that individual state NLP affiliates are each free to continue operating and fielding candidates on their own. It appears that at least a few state NLP groups are still functioning in 2004 — but not many. The NLP seems to have entirely abandoned using electoral politics to advance their New Age agenda and, instead, are now advocating something they call the US Peace Government. They’ve closed the NLP National Headquarters and have subsequently opened Peace Palaces for their make-believe government — with Hagelin as the new “US Peace President” and the Maharishi as the “Founder of the Global Country of World Peace.”
[Link via OTB]

Interested in following other third parties in their quixotic struggles with our "first-past-the-post" political system? Check out the links from this older Bonassus post or Ballot Access News.

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