[EM] Silver Linings in Alaska

Alex Small asmall at physics.ucsb.edu
Tue Aug 27 23:24:55 PDT 2002

> Lately my thinking has been that anyhow even the best election-method
> reform  will be sham - a diversion from real democracy that makes a
> real difference  - so long as we continue to use mass elections to
> select or legitimize or  rubberstamp a governing officer oligarchy.


I find your suggestions intriguing.  I would suggest that better election
methods are a necessary step toward your proposals.

As I understand it, your goal is to place decision-making authority in the
hands of ordinary citizens rather than an elite.  To bring that about, we
would have to first make the government accountable to us, and then demand
the changes you propose.  Currently, we have a two-party duopoly.  Often
the leaders are elected only because their opponents are even worse.  A
system that allows new options to be competitive is the only way to bring
fresh and drastically different ideas into the arena.  PR and better
single-winner methods are necessary (but obviously not sufficient) steps
toward this goal.


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