By Nathan Barton
This is just a post-script to the recent commentary, to give someone credit where credit is due.
The proposal discussed in the last part of the commentary is actually a variation (and watering down) of something that L. Neil Smith first included in his novel, The Probability Broach.
L. Neil’s idea is even better: each delegate to his Continental Congress had an individual who gave him or her their proxy to vote, and when the Congress met and voted, the voting was done by the number of proxies.
This is of course a far more “democratic” way of doing things, but poses certain problems, due to the sheer number of delegates. After all, a delegate might actually represent as few as one or two people. Just the sheer number of people present starts to resemble New England town meetings. The proposal made here was an attempt to cushion the change and frankly, fit the space available in the Capitol in Pierre, and to make it more in line with tradition and therefore more acceptable.
We’d appreciate your comments and thoughts on both these things. There is no reason why either of these methods of replacing the horrible, unrepresentative system we have today in EVERY state, could not work in any state: especially the smaller ones like South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, or even Delaware or Nebraska. But the FIRST and most important change is to reduce to power of government over a supposedly-free people. And the LONG-TERM solution is to eliminate human, mandatory government and replace it with a truly voluntary society.
Mama’s Note: The whole thing is an exercise in futility, if anyone is interested in individual liberty. No matter how these bogus “representatives” are chosen, they actually only represent one or more factions, special interests, or downright criminal factors in the “powers that be.” Individual liberty and the voluntary society will have no place for electoral politics, at least none without an opt out choice for those who don’t want any part of the process – or the results.