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Aug 19, 2023·edited Aug 19, 2023

It does not miss the point, though. It acknowledges that the most likely two major party candidates for the 2024 U.S. presidential election are both deeply unpopular, but also acknowledges that the election system we have today simply cannot sustain more than two strong candidates in a general election. We all know this. It's why we have thing like primaries, and runoffs in some elections, and so on.

Yes, it is bad that voters are limited to the two major party candidates. But it is even worse if the election chooses a winner pretty much arbitrarily between three or more candidates without actually reflecting the desires of voters at all. (Though we actually know it will do worse than that: enough voters will support the major party candidates that we'll essentially be choosing between those two anyway, except that this time, instead of at least choosing the one voters prefer out of those two, the choice will be arbitrary and meaningless and depend on which other candidates happen to be running.)

I agree we need to fix this. The way to fix it is to FIRST fix the election process, and THEN encourage more candidates to run. Otherwise, you fail to fix the problem AND make everything else worse at the same time.

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