Re: Theos-World the reasoning behind the electoral college
Oct 21, 2008 08:24 PM
by Anton Rozman
Thank you very much for the article. It was interesting diving into
the American President's election system. It would be probably very
interesting to experiment with the idea to have in the TS an
electoral college consisting out of individual lodges (as fundamental
units) as districts.
I think that major defect in the American system is that election
campaign is governed by money and that an independent candidate has
no chance against parties' candidates which are supported by big
money. So, the great problem is how to give equal chance to all
candidates and reduce to the minimum influence of corporate financial
While in American system the outcome depends of the financial
background in the TS it seems that depends of the tradition. Namely,
in the past it was quite usual to have only one candidate running. In
instances when we had two candidates, as in last elections, and the
Society was really confronted with the democratic process and its own
Rules and Regulations it came to the surface all its incapability do
decently cope with them.
It seems that now all officers would like to let us forget that past
elections were actually won by "NO THANKS" candidate. There are
voices who try to convince us that the TS is in fact democratic
organization although its Rules and Regulations are constantly
misinterpreted and violated in that or another way. They try to
convince us that we have to forget the indecent election process
which revealed the actual shameful state of affairs and go back to
the business and sweep all under the carpet.
Well, probably it will not work that way. We have to change our
behavior, we have to collaborate and find solutions for change and
--- In email@example.com, MKR <mkr777@...> wrote:
> Thanks Eldon.
> It is the timing (soon after election defeat), super secrecy and
> which the Quartet wanted to revamp everything is seen as trying
pull a fast
> one on the members.
> I wish if the whole range of problems were thrown open to member
and got the
> members behind them would have had a good chance of some reform.
> my opinion, many members have lost their trust in the leaders and
> is rebuilt (which cannot be done overnight), we cannot expect
> support for any change. This is because of the continuing secrecy
> transparency of the process of the GC makes one wonder what else is
> behind closed doors.
> On 10/21/08, Eldon B Tucker <write001@...> wrote:
> > Some of the ongoing debate about the T.S. election and proposals
> > subsequently circulating made me think of an article I read in
> > DISCOVER MAGAZINE many years ago. It discusses the mathematics
> > and the reasons for the electoral college in the U.S. presidential
> > elections. It makes a good case that such a system preserves the
> > rights of minority groups much better than a direct national
> > would.
> > There are many copies of the article on the internet. One link to
> > found has some interesting discussion attached. It's worth
> > may contribute some ideas to the current discussion.
> > http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1234409/posts
> > -- Eldon
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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