[olug] OT: PSA

Tim & Alethea Larson thelarsons3 at cox.net
Tue Nov 2 23:19:12 UTC 2010

On 11/2/10 4:50 PM, Dan Anderson wrote:
> Or we have a 2 party system with primaries to narrow the field?

We don't have a two-party system.  We have a plurality voting system, 
which heavily favors dominance by two parties.  (This is Duverger's 
Law.)  Anyone who respects the idea of fairness and honest competition 
based on who has the best ideas/platform (rather than who has the best 
political propaganda machine) should check out alternative voting 
systems that don't have the inherent shortcomings ("wasted vote", 
"lesser of two evils", sacrifice of conscience for expediency) of 
Plurality.  I favor Condorcet methods, which is what I used when 
tallying our votes for Luncheons in the past.


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