Low Tech Proxy P.R. Method- Party Variant, 22 Oct 2001

Forest Simmons fsimmons at pcc.edu
Wed Oct 24 20:23:22 PDT 2001

Low tech is good, but these proxy methods are not as good as other equally
low tech methods.   

They are indeed more convenient.  I'll grant you that.


On Wed, 24 Oct 2001 DEMOREP1 at aol.com wrote:

> Forest observed-
> As far as I can see, the only possible advantage of a proxy PR method is
> the convenience of just shading one bubble (to designate your proxy) and
> letting your proxy worry about how to actually vote.
> In the USA (where convenience is right up there with mom and apple pie) 
> some of these proxy ideas just might catch on!
> ----
> D- U.S.A Science -- high tech stuff- super computers, rockets in outer space, 
> etc.
> U.S.A. Politics -- Very low tech --  basically brain dead with ANTI-Democracy 
> gerrymanders and plurality nominations and elections (especially producing an 
> ULTRA-dangerous elective oligarchy in the U.S.A. Congress and the resulting 
> *World Empire* hubris in the brains of the top leaderships in such Congress 
> since 1942 with the semi-collapse of the British Empire).  
> Nothing especially new in the rise and falls of minority rule empires in the 
> last 5,000 years.
> See Outline of History by H.G. Wells (1949 edition covers through end of 
> World War II).
> Mr. Wells notes the ancient rise of gerrymanders in the Roman Republic (the 
> use of animal stalls for voting by the various ancient Roman tribes) 
> contributing to the end of the Roman Republic in the 120 B.C. - 28 B.C. chaos.

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