7 thoughts on “Political disconnect

  1. I think America’s current representative system (as well as our own lower houses) might better be described as a binary option rather than actually representing the diverse political interests of the voters.
    You are either represented by the government or by the opposition. Full stop. (OK, in America the dichotomy is between the Democrats and the Republicans)
    All new democracies over the last quarter century renounce this antiquated system and go for proportional representation. Blatant self interest prevents the powers that be in the Anglo American world from instituting democratic reform in a similar vein.

  2. Philip – my criticism of most systems of proportional representation as for example in New Zealand is that they proportionally represent political parties (based on votes) rather than proportionally representing the general public. Still they are a refinement in some regards.

  3. If so many Americans support legalization of marijuana why do almost zero American politicians support it?

    Perhaps they are afraid of being disappeared by one of the many quasi-military groups or government agencies with a vested interest in keeping it illegal.

  4. Most European politicians oppose the death penalty for murder, but I think a lot of Europeans support it.

  5. My point, of course, which I forgot to mention, is that politicians often think of themselves as an elite, who know more than the masses. And, in America, some religious attitudes become distilled as self-righteousness and moral indignation, as politicians attempt to sound righteous, by, for instance, imposing Prohibition, or waging war on innocent drugs.

  6. New Zealand certainly isn’t the best way to utilize pro rep. What they have there is a dog’s breakfast hybrid type of system with single member voting.
    A country like Israel would be a good example. There the whole country is just one zone and (I believe) you only need to win 1% of the vote to win a seat. Thus all minority political viewpoints including those of independents, have a fair chance of being represented.

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