[EM] How to vote in Approval
jweins123 at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 27 17:14:10 PST 2002
Long beach CA USA
[Alex Small wrote:
"One nice thing about Approval is that a centrist who decided to take firm
stands on issues, but side with the Dems on some issues and the GOP on
others (e.g. fiscally conservative/socially liberal, or fiscally
liberal/socially conservative) would do quite well... The reason I call
that a nice thing is NOT my own bias [but] the chance to (a) mix-and-match
issues, resulting in more freedom of choice, and (b) break away from the
If most candidates conform to one of two molds, it's easy to get
polarization and acrimony... You get those cable news channels where they
bring in a liberal and conservative to shout at one another ... You get
lowest-common-denominator policy rather than best-of-both-worlds policy.
If I can predict most people's stance on a tax proposal based on what they
think of abortion, it signals that there's really very little discussion or
thought in America, because the lines have been drawn.
A system that helped candidates who mix-and-match issues from the two
traditional camps might bring in truly new and innovative ideas. I truly
believe that America would be a better place if we could just break the
duopoly and bring in fresh new ideas, or at least innovative combinations of
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