Thursday, September 16, 2004

Maverick Philosopher - One Man/One Vote

Very interesting and cogent assembly of the rationale for and against the principle of "one man, one vote". Highly recommended. Hat tip to Josh.

I have come to the realization that one-man, one-vote is likely the best we can do at this point, although one has to wonder about the viability of a basic literacy test (in lieu of an issues test recommended by Josh) to ensure a minimum level of education?

A "literacy" test probably conjures up thoughts of the "poll tax" used to discriminate against southern blacks at the voting booth, but which also effectively excluding poor whites as well.

Perhaps the US should switch to a "Survivor" method of choosing a president - put them all on a small boat in the Everglades - the one left standing gets the office. Of course, the alligators probably would resist eating or harming the politicians out of professional courtesy, so ultimately, there may be no single winner (*snickers*).

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