Re: POLI: Random democracy

The Low Golden Willow (
Mon, 24 Feb 1997 11:07:42 -0800 (PST)

On Feb 24, 10:22am, Robin Hanson wrote:

} Anyway, you've got statistics even in this case. You're looking at a
} legisture of N people composed of two random populations: N-M people
} picked the usual way and M people picked this new way. I don't see why
} you'd expect a nonmonotonic effect, so that you'd prefer M = N to M =
} 0, but prefer M = 0 to M = 1.

"You" the global tinkerer, or "you" the voter contemplating what little
power you have? Not to mention giving up the _feeling_ of power. This
could be one of the things where you're all better off if everyone does
it, but you'll only do it yourself if everyone does do it.

Merry part,
-xx- Damien R. Sullivan X-) <*>

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bread, to be consumed by man, so that man will feel less objection to
the truth that It consumes man, like bread."
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