Tilting at the Ballot Box

Justin justin-cypherpunks at soze.net
Tue Aug 31 10:10:15 PDT 2004

On 2004-08-30T17:40:25-0700, Steve Schear wrote:
> At 05:23 AM 8/30/2004, Justin wrote:
> >Are States "geopolitical distortions" as well?  Are countries?
> >
> >If you're going to propose an alternate system, please clearly identify
> >1) the voting pool, and 2) what they're voting for.  If the pool is
> >voting for a party instead of individuals, how does a winning party pick
> >representatives?  Is that selection method fair?
> While this is certainly a value judgement, almost every other nation thinks 
> so.

Even if we used it here, the fate of legislation would still be
determined by the dominant party in the Senate, which would still rarely
if ever admit 3rd parties, and by the president's veto.

I assume you're criticizing only House election procedures because
that's the only thing that can be attacked without completely
restructuring the federal legislature.  If it were possible, would you
prefer to see nation-wide proportional representation if it included
mandatory geographical distribution requirements like those you

"When in our age we hear these words: It will be judged by the result--then we
know at once with whom we have the honor of speaking.  Those who talk this way
are a numerous type whom I shall designate under the common name of assistant
professors."  -- Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling (Wong tr.), III, 112

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