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Think of how the US parties functioned before open primaries became standard. And then think of how they functioned before primaries became standard. At what point did the US become democratic?

Imo, this does not make Britain undemocratic, it makes the brittish parties undemocratic.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:35:55 PM EST
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I'm not sure open primaries are standard, or necessary for democracy.

I don't know when Americans first began voting for elected officials.  Near the begining, I presume.  That is, the country was founded as a democracy.  In practice, the fabric of our democracy is like a bikini.  Pretty flimsy, but it covers the main things.

Mind you, we still have the electoral college in the case of the Presidential elections.

I believe everyone else is nominated and elected by popular vote.  Although god knows what they do in Iowa.  They probably read tea leaves or something to pick candidates.

I'm not convinced the US is democratic.  I am, however, eternally thankful we won the revolution.

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by poemless on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 06:04:18 PM EST
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If you hadn't, you'd be Canada.

And wouldn't that be a bad thing.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 06:47:08 PM EST
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