proportional representation

Mikalac Norman S NSSC MikalacNS at NAVSEA.NAVY.MIL
Tue Aug 29 07:45:45 PDT 2000

isn't the current advocacy of election-finance reform a viable vehicle for ultimately transforming the current system into more proportionate representation?

common cause org. and others have won a few small battles and maybe they'll win bigger ones eventually to reduce the influence of bucks in elections? doesn't the Left appreciate those wins or do they insist on having it all?


-----Original Message----- From: Brett Knowlton [mailto:brettk at] Sent: Monday, August 28, 2000 3:56 PM To: lbo-talk at Subject: Lesser-evilism and third parties

Max wrote:
>The ardent lesser-evil-ists among us have yet to explain
>how we get out of the box of choosing among bad alternatives
>indefinitely, except by reference to a bigger, badder labor
>movement of the future. So if we had ham, we could have ham and eggs,
>if we had eggs, as the saying goes.

Ideally people should be able to vote FOR something, as opposed to having to strategically vote for a guy you don't like to avoid getting someone you like even less. I agree with Nathan that lesser evilism is less evil, but it still leaves a bad aftertaste.

The problem is the winner take all system itself. If we had proportional representation, this dilemma would melt away, and progressives wouldn't have to worry about being sold out by New Democrats (and right-wing fascists wouldn't have to worry about being muzzled by compassionate Republicans).

Obviously we don't have proportional representation, and I'm not claiming I have a vision of how to best move in that direction. But I do find it surprising and a bit depressing (note the small 'd') that there isn't more discussion/agitation around this kind of electoral change on the Left.


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