I have always felt that a third party has been needed in the United States, and I was just wondering what everyone else thinks. I was just saying this because when you get down to all today, it really is only about voting for the names and the party names than it is voting for people who have different agendas. I would like to see the Libertarian Party become that third party due to my anarchist tendencies; however, I do realize that some form of government will always exist -because theoretically anarchy is a form of government- and I would like to see a government that focuses on defending the individual and the nation, keep law and order, and provide a stable currency. That's just me though, I could be wrong and I welcome your opinion.
And if I did anything wrong, please excuse me for this is my first post here.
The weigh off is between representation and effective government. Belgium has good representation, but not very effective government. US has weak representation, but effective government.
Representation - Political parties spanning a variety of viewpoints held by the population.
Effective government - There is always a majority in government.
Nope, that's the parlimentary system.
Checking Wikipedia, it seems that it is more commonly known as preferential voting.
In my country you can't win if you don't have a majority, which means that, in the case you mentioned, the top 2 parties or candidates go into a second tour of elections facing each other and no one else. That way one of them will have a majority.
Given that the US has more than two parties (right?), what would happen if both of them got around 49%? Would the leader win without a majority?