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I prefer the socialist notion of a mandatist system

Posted by: Lark on September 30, 1999 at 11:45:05:

In Reply to: Something new for you to ponder posted by Gee on September 29, 1999 at 14:26:18:

Nice but it's more than likely going to go the road of personal popularity contests, I mean would you be content in the township where the charismatic minister with fanatical totalitarian religious views gets elected because everyone in the township knows him and considers him a pillar of the community, their possibly completely ignorant of his politics too (see I'm playing this out too).

I prefer the socialist notion of a mandatist system where everyone has three votes, the most popular is granted office the other two stand in waiting then if an elected official tries to do anything that they hadn't made clear in their election manifesto (EG Tony Blair abolished freedom of education in the UK without a mandate, the electorate didn't expect him to) or doesn't do what they promised they would, then there's immediately a re-elction or the candidate with the most second votes assumes office.

It's just a suggestion but if we had activist democracy, EG the presnt system but with everyone interested and acknowledging that rather than being a core politics (including whether or not your left or right wing) is a mark of the good life, I don't think it'd be that bad and decentralisation is almost guaranteed.

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