[FoRK] Newsroom score: American Taliban

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Thu Aug 30 07:12:14 PDT 2012

Why not just triple the number of senators and quadruple the number of 
house seats?

The only reason they don't is because the size of the capitol.  What if 
we made our congresscritters work out of their respective districts?

The population has radically increased, but our proportional 
representation hasn't grown anywhere as fast.

I think you guys hit the nail on the head.


On 8/29/2012 10:59 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
> I was convinced the other day. Registered demarchy.us.
> Stephen
> On 8/29/12 1:20 PM, Damien Morton wrote:
>> On Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 3:56 PM, Marty Halvorson <marty at halvorson.us>
>> wrote:
>>> SDW wrote:
>>> "will a more accurate vote (poll of the enfranchised) be accomplished
>>> with
>>> or without the new voter ID laws?"
>>> With voter ID.  As anyone knows, most voters don't have a clue about
>>> who or
>>> what they're voting for.  If a voter ID is required those who want to
>>> cast a
>>> reasoned vote will get an ID.  Those who don't, won't.
>> Nice undercurrent of elitism there. Anyone unable to get a Voter ID is
>> too dumb to vote anyway.
>> Its worth reposting this
>> http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/08/19/rundle-you-call-this-democracy-its-time-to-start-again/#comment-92222
>> "By maximizing the number of electors to whom candidates must present
>> their messages, universal suffrage maximizes the cost of successful
>> candidacy and therefore maximizes the influence of money on the
>> selection of our legislators."
>> "universal suffrage MINIMIZES the influence of each voter on the
>> outcome, and thereby makes it rational to be ignorant. If you are one
>> of (say) 100,000 voters in one of 100 electorates, your probability of
>> influencing the outcome is so small that it is not rational to invest
>> any time to become a well-informed voter."
>> "If we want democracy instead of plutocracy, we must eliminate the
>> cost of taking the message to the voters. How? By bringing the voters
>> to the message! For each election, in each electorate, invite a random
>> sample of the enrolled voters to gather in one place (or one video
>> conference). Pay them generously for their time, so that they can
>> easily accept the invitation. Let them listen to the candidates and
>> cross-examine the candidates over a period of several days. Then let
>> them vote as an electoral college — choosing the candidate(s) that the
>> entire enrolled electorate would have chosen if it had heard the same
>> arguments."
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