[EM] language/framing quibble
fredgohlke at verizon.net
Sun Mar 8 14:09:26 PDT 2009
Good Afternoon, Juho
re: "Yes, that method reduces campaigning since all decisions are
very local. The answer in this case seems to be to reduce
the number of candidates that each voter can vote."
The purpose of the method is not to "reduce the number of candidates
that each voter can vote", but to guarantee that each participant has
the greatest possible opportunity to impact the political decisions of
the community. The proposal reduces the number of candidates because it
is a distillation process. Its purpose is to empower each of our
citizens to the maximum extent possible while seeking out and elevating
the best of our citizens to positions of political leadership.
Groups of three (triads) are the optimum size for the exchange of ideas
when a decision is required. If you like, I can provide the rationale
for this assertion so it can be challenged.
re: "Local campaigning is of course still needed (in the small
That's a semantic issue. Participants who wish to advance must persuade
their peers of their value. That persuasive effort can be labeled
'campaigning', but it is not really analogous to the political
campaigning we experience today so I prefer using a different term to
re: "Also party campaigning may be present (anonymous)."
It will be present. Perhaps I'd better explain why I think that is a
As has been pointed out, most recently by Dave Ketchum, not every member
of the electorate understands the many aspects of public office.
Partisans of all stripes can, and should, present their view on matters
of contemporary importance so participants in the electoral process can,
to the extent of their interest, inform themselves on the issues. Most
participants will support some partisans and oppose others. That is the
means by which complex issues are examined. It is a good thing ... as
long as their participation in the electoral process is in no way
dependent on their partisanship. As I've said before:
"Partisanship is a vital part of society ... provided it
is always a voice and never a power. The danger is not
in partisanship, it is in allowing partisans to control
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