[EM] Re: Condorcet's strategy problem

Abd ulRahman Lomax abd at lomaxdesign.com
Thu Sep 15 06:32:46 PDT 2005

At 07:11 PM 9/14/2005, eric at ericgorr.net wrote:
>Of course, among the things that would happen should an accurate polling be
>sufficient to successfully strategically vote would be the creation 
>of voters who would no longer supply accurate information to the poll takers.

Many of those discussing election methods assume that disciplined 
coordination of voters on a large scale is impractical. This is true 
under present conditions.

However, if my own work is successful, voters will organize outside 
the public political process in such a way as to form organizations 
making recommendations that are trustworthy by design. (That is, the 
recommendations are made by those enjoying the highest collected 
trust, and are confirmed and passed down through representatives 
personally chosen on a scale where the voter probably knows the rep 
personally, or at least has been willing to place trust in the person.)

The organizations would be advisory only, so the Free Association 
concepts are possible. What these do is to maximize the possibility 
of consensus. Factions know that if they hold to a narrow view, they 
will weaken the support for that view, because there will be opposing 
factions. If they can find consensus positions, they will be far more 
powerful. And, because of the DP structure, factions will quickly 
know exactly how successful they have been at finding such positions.

So disciplined voting is entirely possible. Basically, FA/DP is a 
generic solution to half of the generic governmental problem, the 
communications half. It is not a control mechanism, FA concepts 
guarantee that control remains with the individual members at all 
times. Power is not concentrated in FA, except for the power to 
advise, and even that is moderated through legions of independent 
proxies. It should be *extremely* hard to corrupt, so hard, in fact, 
that a special interest would be better advised to join the FA and 
seek consensus solutions within it.


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