[FoRK] Misunderestimating "The" Tea Party

geege schuman geege4 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 22 11:28:24 PDT 2010


On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 11:11 AM, Damien Morton <dmorton at bitfurnace.com>wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 11:32 AM, J. Andrew Rogers <
> andrew at ceruleansystems.com> wrote:
>
> >
> > As long as political representation is tied to geographic boundaries,
> this
> > problem will never go away nor can it be significantly mitigated.  The
> > change in scale of political boundaries as you head west doesn't help
> > either.  The mountain West is less rural than New England, but you
> wouldn't
> > know it by looking at a map. Western counties are the size of eastern
> > states.  Political boundaries don't follow the movements of people over
> > decades.
> >
> >
> I have a proposal for preventing gerrymanders: pick some metric for
> evaluating a districting - something simple like minimising the sum of
> polar
> moments of inertia - and allow anyone to propose districtings. The one with
> the best score wins. If you want some political latitude involved, allow
> whatever districting bodies that exist to pick from districting proposals
> within 10% of the best score.
>
> Better yet, go for larger districts with proportional representation.
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I suggest you read about Pat Robertson's 15% Solution:

http://www.theocracywatch.org/taking_over.htm#Fifteen


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