[LMB] : Political Discussion

Tony Zbaraschuk tonyz at eskimo.com
Mon Jan 31 21:07:49 GMT 2011


On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:54:47AM -0800, Jeff Shultz wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:49 AM, Damien Sullivan
> <phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu> wrote:
> 
> > Cryoburn says every Komarran has one vote, inalienable, just like in
> > ordinary democracies.  They can also have additional votes, based
> > originally on public investment, and now maybe simply on money and
> > inheritance of wealth.  It could have started out as a corporate sham
> > democracy from the beginning, or it might have been fairly egalitarian
> > in the beginning and still a functional flawed democracy today, with
> > Galeni exagerrating because of his sympathies.  Insufficient textev.
> 
> It could be one of those things where the more capital you brought to
> the colony (thereby helping insure it's success), the more votes you
> were rewarded with.

The British experimented in the 19th century with extra votes for
things like, e.g., a university degree.  Not sure it changed the
balance much.

Also worth asking is: how does the voting balance swing?  If the
oligarchs have enough extra votes from wealth to sway the balance,
then it's not really a democracy even if everyone has an inalienable
vote.


Tony Z
-- 
Western Buddhism is like Unitarianism without all the harsh dogmas.



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