The 1980 presidential campaign marked the first time that the legal barriers facing third parties and independent candidates have been seriously discussed outside of a narrow circle of political trivia buffs. The experiences of John Anderson and Libertarian Ed Clark, and to a lesser extent, other third party candidates, focused public attention on the problems created by these barriers. This, in turn, raised the question of whether or not the traditional two party system is serving a useful purpose. The third party independent candidate phenomenon has raised the level of awareness that the two party system appears to have a vested interest in its own self-protection and therefore will act to block or stifle political challenges from the outside.
Voting rights advocates should explore section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act as a vehicle to combat voter intimidation.
An evidentiary privilege to protect workers' confidential communications from disclosure in federal and state court proceedings would support unions.
Labor organizing privilege is not a magic bullet that will secure the rights of workers to organize and collectively bargain. Employers will continue to resist the efforts of their workers to organize.
Mandatory arbitration for guestworkers, a uniquely vulnerable group, will result in class inequality and worse conditions for all workers.