Re: POLI: Random and Hyper democracy

Robin Hanson (
Tue, 18 Feb 1997 10:13:13 -0800 (PST)

Michael Lorrey writes:
>Another concept to explore is Hyperdemocracy, where every voter has
>veto power over any law, so the only laws that would pass would be those
>that all agree on. Under such a system, since the only laws allowed are
>those that all agree do not harm anyone, there is no tyranny of the

I believe that about a century ago, prussia or poland required
legislative unanimity to pass laws. I think a neighboring country
then only had to buy out a single legislator to ensure insufficient
national defense. Not a good example to follow.

Robin D. Hanson