That link about a non-deterministic electoral system got me thinking about politics, particularly elections. Unlike some of the topics I discuss, I wouldn’t claim any special insight or even a great degree of knowledge here. It’s just a personal reaction to being a fairly ordinary voter in Canada.
Though the article had an intriguing idea about changing the electoral structure, I think a shift in content might be more effective in my country. I actually feel that doing away with the party system all together might be a better solution.
It would certainly eliminate a lot of ammunition used for unfair biases. I tend to lean left of centre when I vote, but I hate it when friends of mine demonize the other parties and their candidates. I can really hate a political or economic policy, but I usually believe that it’s proponents either have good intentions or - at worst - are making bad decision due to human weakness as opposed to ill will.
I think voting for individuals would eliminate so much prejudgement about those individuals that it’s a worthwhile change just for this. It may also spark more political interest. One can make a very cursory decision about “which party” to vote for just based on a historical sketch, but choosing “which individual” out of (for ex) three candidates with no apparent party affiliations, requires one to inquire how the three candidates might feel about certain issues.
Biases would still be possible of course, based on name, appearance, or whatever, but I think the increase in objectivity of voters would be tremendous.
There would be adjustments implementing this in the Canadian system - our Prime Minister couldn’t simply be the leader of the most represented party! But this seems solvable in various ways. More critical might be the sneaky issue of funding, and worrying that only the rich can afford to run a campaign, but for the advantages, I think it would be worth investigating solutions to this issue as well.
So, for it’s merits, what do people think of doing away with a “Party System”? Does anyone know of other countries where this is actually how things work?