[EM] Some July 4 comments
chrisbenham at bigpond.com
Sun Jul 6 09:22:03 PDT 2003
Previously I wrote:
Assuming for a moment that a political landscape dominated by 2 major
parties is a normal and happy situation, isn't it VERY important that
the party which is prefered by an absolute majority is the winner ?
To which Adam Tarr replied:
" Absolutely. But prefered by a majority to what?"
To which I answer: to the OTHER major party, of course. ( If you are
offered a menu with 2 items, A and B, on it and you say "I prefer A" ,
obviously you mean "I prefer A to B".)
I don't deny, and wasn't arguing, that Condorcet is better than IRV. I
was arguing against the proposition that "IRV is nearly as bad as
Plurality". I know that some Approval proponents have boasted of their
roles in helping to scuttle the introduction of IRV (to replace
Plurality) is some parts of the US.
I didn't and wouldn't argue that "Approval is silly when compared to
plurality". I agree that Approval is much better than Plurality.
Adam seems to have mixed me up with someone else.
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