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broken finger

I think I broke my finger.
I can only type with one hand.
I'll do what I can but expect much reduced activity from my part until it's healed.

Israel, Athens, and Sparta

The tactics used by Israelis to maintain an apartheid state resembles tactics used by ancient Athenians as well as ancient Spartans:

The role of interest groups and political parties in Practical Democracy

The role of political parties has become a recurring theme is our discussions.

In particular, Fred and myself briefly discussed the role of special interest groups in his Practical Democracy. Their role is only passingly mentioned in his book:
http://en.minguo.info/book/fredgohlke/practical_democracy
I don't recall that there is a section that details the role of special interest groups in Practical Democracy.

So, I'd like to give Fred an opportunity to describe in greater details his vision.
What role if any would political parties play in Practical Democracy?

Taking Party off the ballot for representation in a district.

Taking party off the ballot in a vote for representation. Do that and the tables turn. The only thing a party wins is the agenda in Canada (if only they could vote on that), or the Presidency and his/her mandate in the USA. Representatives, preferably each elected by a majority in their district, will likely be supportive of an agenda elected by a majority in a nation wide vote. Every national party could publicly identify whichever and however many of the candidates are acceptable to their supporters.

Which of these six?

For public elections, the vote needs to be simple. IRV can be overdone and underdone. The Australians require a full ranking of candidates. With four or more good candidates, it's a long hard count. Voters for the Mayor of London are limited to 2 picks. Very countable. But in their most recent election more than 10% of the voters didn't pick the top two. They didn't count.

Encounters with "No Politics! No Religion!"

A short while ago, I wrote a page in my book on "No Politics! No Religion!".

Today, while searching information on the music composer James Horner, ran into the following quote on James Horner's Plagiarism List:

As long as religion and politics stay out of the discussion and members are polite to each other, there's no problem.

People from Frome: share your experience

Hello citizens from Frome. We, members of this community, have learned about what you have accomplished in your town, replacing politics as usual with a party by the people for the people.

We look at you from afar, and we wonder how you have managed to do what you did, how decisions were made, how the campaign was organized on the ground, etc.
Please, share your experience in the comments below. Share with us any insights you may have that may help other communities, towns and cities in the UK and around the world, to accomplish the same.

Condorcet and equal approval

The Condorcet system I am familiar with allow for ties between choices of preference.

For example, three choices A, B and C.

a valid ballot can be cast for A = B, which puts both of them 1 vote ahead of C.

that's the opposite of a single preference showing a vote for C, which puts C 1 vote ahead of both A and B.

These are both valid opinions and both should be permitted.

Here's a very old web page that allows Condorcet voting using ties:
http://robla.net/1996/politics/condorcet-front.html

Thomas Paine - Agrarian Justice

I will be adding Thomas Paine's Agrarian Justice to my reading list since he also argued that humans collectively own the material world, declaring private property without consent from the majority is inhumane, and compensation for dispossession is necessary.

Everybody Be Crazy

1) The USSR was not communist, but inverse-communist.

2) Western states are not democratic because Western states are designed to suppress majority rule.

3) Dorian-types don't care about White supremacy. They care about Dorian-type supremacy.

4) The West is not civilized and never has been. Western nations and city-states like Sparta, Rome, Nazi Germany, and the US do not qualify as civilized. They are inverse-civilized.

5) The aggressor cannot claim self-defence.

http://i.imgur.com/08MPvYJ.jpg

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