Today I followed the regional & european elections in Flanders (Belgium, Europe), where about 6 parties participated in the elections. The advantage of this is that the voter gets to pick what he likes and unlike the voter in a country with a 2 party system he will most likely vote on what he likes (and not on what he dislikes): Because this voter has the choice to vote on another ideology (closer to his own views). Let s take the recent US elections, I bet there were a lot of voters (both republicans and independents) that just didn't want to vote for MCCAIN but because of lack of a better alternative they chose not to vote or to vote for the democrats. One problem in the US is the scale on which elections are held, they require a powerfull (financially and politically) party to get nation-wide attention (media coverage). This reminds me of an episode of the simpsons where the two presidential candidates (DEM and REP) were 2 aliens who abducted the real candidates, in the end the voter has to pick the lesser of two evils. Often we hear US presidents talk about how undemocratic other countries are, but they tend to forget that the US elections are not as democratic as they are in for example some European countries. I mean, is a choice between 2 parties really a choice? If You don't like 1 of them you re forced to vote for the other party or you would be throwing away your vote. In short: you will probably be rejected by the views of one of the 2 parties and will be forced to vote for the other party (or just not vote). In this case you don't really vote for that party, you re actually voting against the other parties nomination. When we look at how things now are, we could almost say that we are evolving to a 1 party system (because the republicans have managed to put themselves in a position where they are rejected by most moderate people).