What do you do ... absolutely.

David Catchpole s349436 at student.uq.edu.au
Tue Nov 3 17:57:54 PST 1998

On Mon, 2 Nov 1998, Charles Fiterman wrote:

OK, so you were all offended by my outburst. It was in reply to Daniel's
statements which I thought would draw out into a big Right vs. Centre
argument that I, as a Lefty, would have to steer very clear from.

> At 01:50 PM 11/2/98 +1000, you wrote:
> >
> >I just know that this thread is going to start marginalising one little
> >antipodean socialist pretty soon. Oh well; American politics is so
> >self-assured of its importance that I guess it should be covered just as
> >megalomaniacally on a sort-of-an-international-list as on a totally
> >domestic one.
> In discussing Democratic process it is vital to discuss it where
> it does marginally or even badly as well as where it does well. 
> Times change and a country that was the example to the world of
> free elections can become the example of how they break down.
> Therefore election news from the United States and even Colombia
> are key considerations. You want to know how people cheat and
> scheme or you can't stop them. Republicans, Nazis and Communists
> should be studied in schools as bad examples.
> My posting of American election problems is therefore an
> anti megalomania. I'm saying look at how things break down.
> How can you protect yourselves?
> For one thing voting rules should only be changed by
> a referenda. Elected officials should never get a shot
> at changing the rules of election.

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