Roderick Long notes that America seems to be stuck with the two-party system. Although I would prefer to have the option of a true alternative for freedom (rather than the tweedledee and tweedledum of interventionism that we have now), William Niskanen makes a pretty strong case that divided government is better than united government, at least when it comes to holding back the tide of state power. After all, our currently united government (House, Senate, and Presidency all held by the Republicans) has betrayed its small-government rhetoric (as if that was ever sincere!). Is there a libertarian case for voting Democratic? The Libertarians for Dean seem to think so, and I tend to agree -- not out of any great love for the Democratic Party, but because voting these days is more a matter of self-defense than anything else. Two cheers for gridlock!

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