Peter Emerson

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Peter Emerson
Posted almost 2 years ago
Majoritarianism
I want more democracy, not less; I want people (or theor elected representatives) to be allowed to propose options, and then, in the vote, t be able to express their preferences. Take, for example, New Zealand. They chose to debate the electoral system. They set up a Commission, to which folks could make suggestions. It then drew up a short list of five options, and then the people voted on a choice of these five. It's called pluralism. Sadly, many democracies use only binary voting: 'dualism', or that which it often leads to, 'duelism'.
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Peter Emerson
Posted almost 2 years ago
Majoritarianism
The more inclusive methodology is the Modified Borda Count (MBC) - {first proposed by Nicholas Cusanus in 1435}. Have a debate; include all options (which don't infringe the UN Charter on Human Rights); if there's no verbal consensus, consnsors draw up a short list of 4-6 options; and then those concerned vote, i.e., cast their preferences. The winner is the option with the highest average preference. And an average, of course, involves everybody, not just a majority. The MBC encourages the protagonists to engage with their erstwhile (majoritarian) opponents; after all, to win, success needs not only lots of high preferences and a few middle ones perhaps, but also very few low ones. It also encourages (but does not force) all to cast a full ballot, that is, to respect the aspirations of others. Nobody votes against any body or any thing; albeit with varying degrees of enthusiams, voters vote only 'for'. The MBC is indeed inclusive. More of all this on www.deborda.org