[FoRK] The story behind No-bama's Soviet-style iconography
dave.long at bluewin.ch
Fri Jun 6 03:06:10 PDT 2008
> if you want it different,
> then we need to get rid of this style of demoracy and have something
> else. perhaps an approach where everyone takes a more long-term view.
> i.e. all candidates together plan out the next 20 years and we approve
> it, then certain people from both sides are selected to implement it.
The swiss (who have been messing around with this democracy stuff
since, oh, 1291) referendum system is similar to this idea. Some
amazingly small number of signature is required to get a proposal on
the ballot; once a popular initiative is entered, the government
(composed of people from all* major parties, not just "both") comes
up with a counterproposal, and at election time (I'm not sure, but it
seems like a couple of times a year; done on a weekend for worker
convenience), the people then vote for (a) the initiative, (b) the
government's proposed solution, or, the most common, (c) to leave
well enough alone.
I'm not sure what the cause and effect is between the swiss political
system and the swiss mentality, but I am sure that the swiss are much
closer to 20 year timeframes than the americans. For instance, the
swiss fairly regularly vote on how much to tax themselves. I doubt a
300 CHF rebate during a period of high national expenditure would fly
* not strictly true at the moment, but this is the political story of
the year and may be just a temporary aberration.
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