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Representative Government In The Ancient Polities

Democracy is fine, but not every citizen should have a vote. Individuals need to meet a standard for "True Democracy" as in ancient Greece with the Senate of Rome. One has the elites [later the nobility] who should run the nation, all others are dispensable as in slavery or later ownership in Medieval times of serfdom and serfs.  Sovereignty in leadership cannot be entrusted to the lesser in wealth and knowledge.

The Founding Fathers and the Electoral College

    Robert W. Bennett, author of Taming the Electoral College and a law professor at Northwestern University, notes that neither women nor white men without property could vote at the time, either--meaning that slavery was not the only factor that made the allocation of the Electoral College out of sync with reality. "A relatively small number of people actually had the right to vote."

As the voting rights expanded, the states of the Union found other means to block its citizens from participating in the elections. I have realized later on, the U.S. is just a poor democracy and undoubtedly reaps the harm/ills from such a policy.

Third parties are blocked not by the form of an Electoral College, but by indirect representation of the winner takes all. Same situation in the UK with districts and plurality voting. Some nations have party-list proportional representation as in The Netherlands where coalition forming and compromise have become an art.

Electoral Systems by Country

by Oui on Wed Jan 16th, 2019 at 04:14:15 PM EST
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