Re: [RangeVoting] Getting the WHOLE Truth
- At 01:35 AM 4/1/2007, Dave Ketchum wrote:
>Too often promoters give us incomplete arguments. Often they see no needYes, the "dihydrogen monoxide" screed is the reductio ad absurdem of
>to even stay close to the truth but, even if they do stick to truth, as
>will the two examples I offer, incompleteness can lead to dangerous decisions.
advocacy polemic. It is more difficult to parody the other side, the
"hydrogen hydroxide" party. Often the sounder position, when viewed
in the context of a debate, seems wimpy and weak. And thus we have
people who support their opposition to Approval Voting, for example,
because it will allegedly elect "weak" or "milquetoast" candidates.
Okay, voters have a right to prefer "excitement" to stability and
wisdom, but I'd just prefer to see voting systems that allow us to
choose between them, instead of between two polarized polemics.
Sometimes daring and thinking outside the box is needed, but more
often the drama of politics is more about appearances and getting
elected by drawing attention than about actual new ideas. New ideas,
actually, can be boring.
And if you were electing a doctor to perform surgery on you, would
you choose one who was boringly competent or one who was ready to try
the latest thing? First? On you? Depends, doesn't it?
What if the "Right to Life" and the "Right to Choose" were two
different names for the same essential principle? Just as the same
coin has two opposite sides....
Ketchum's post seems to have been intended for Peacenet, copied here
to the Range Voting list, though the headers are a bit strange to me,
it looks like it may have been bcc'd here. I have not copied to
peacenet. If he thinks it relevant there, he can forward it. Consider
Ketchum my proxy, pending further investigation, to peacenet. He can
refuse, of course.
> Geeks in California, at The Marshmallow Peanut CircusA friend of mine used to live at that geekhaus in Santa Cruz, though she's
now married and living in SF... It looks like the Circus may have lapsed,
though -- their website is no longer registered...