[Election-Methods] a story for christmas

Paul Kislanko jpkislanko at bellsouth.net
Wed Dec 26 14:33:30 PST 2007

I know this is a late reply, but in the REAL world the locksmith would never
have suggested the idea in the first place, since his maximum utility would
be achieved by having different locks on every door, since in that case when
someone lost their key they'd have to call him.
The "locksmith's utility" is maximized by the locksmith MINIMIZING the
"landlord utility." The more keys the landlord needs to maintain, the higher
the expected revenue received by the locksmith.
The whole idea that a locksmith would minimize his own utility to maxmize
the landlord's is so far off the credibility scale that it is not worth
considering even as an analogy, and the rest of the story is just right-ring
propoganda that has nothing to do with election methods.
It was thought-provoking, though, even if it was illogical.
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