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Voting for the Lesser Evil is Irrational

It’s the tie color that makes the difference. The only difference.

Presidential election season means pretty much half of all the voters are asking, “Do I really have to vote for that guy?”  Libertarians and Tea Partiers have no desire to vote for Mitt Romney, and liberals, socialists, and Occupiers don’t want to have to vote for Obama.  Reluctant voters are scolded that if they don’t vote for one of the major party candidates, then the other guy will win; and make no mistake, he’ll destroy America.  Of course, America has already been mostly destroyed, and the two major parties are some of the main culprits.  In any case, the idea that you should set aside your own political preferences to vote for one of two cartoonish villains is known as “the lesser evil argument”. read more »

“Shall Rome Stand Under One Man’s Awe?” (Part II)

Cantonal Assembly in Switzerland

Last week, we discussed how “presidential systems”, such as the one we have in the United States, suffers from defects that promote political irrationality and ultimately a cult of personality (like these people pledging allegiance to Obama).  To be clear, people are thoroughly able to develop rational and consistent political views.  However, the absence of a deliberative context results in a lack of good, relevant, and organized information and the inability of the public to hold presidents accountable.  This in turn results in presidents who cannot be punished for their misdeeds, because we don’t know when they need to be punished, and because there are a horde of partisans to protect him.  Thus, presidential systems may have a tendency towards the accumulation of executive power beyond the rule of law.

Whether that’s true or not, all but the party faithful can agree that we’re sick of the almost naked farce of democracy that US presidential elections represent.

In any case, we’re all about solutions at Democracy in Principle!  Democratic solutions!  Let’s take a look, keeping in mind what the current system is missing: deliberation, information, and feedback. read more »