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    Yeah, I am also very much against online voting; however, I am also concerned about the ballot being secret. To maintain anonymity you'd need a machine to translate a voter's secret identity to:...

    Yeah, I am also very much against online voting; however, I am also concerned about the ballot being secret. To maintain anonymity you'd need a machine to translate a voter's secret identity to: a) their address/ID and b) their vote (or, if you prefer, that they voted at all).

    If this system was open source and had sufficient cryptography I might have more faith in it. We need to take caution; as while these events may be unprecedented, the precedent they set may last long after the event.

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  3. Comment on White House, Senate agree to $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package in ~finance

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    How likely is it that there could be voter fraud and how would you guard against such threats? Do you hash a government ID and if two ID's are the same then you discount them? Could an alturnative...

    How likely is it that there could be voter fraud and how would you guard against such threats? Do you hash a government ID and if two ID's are the same then you discount them?

    Could an alturnative be for election officials go from house to house to count the vote instead?

    We have shyed away from electronic voting in the past for good reasons. Although a poor alturnative is better than suspending elections!

  4. Comment on What's good about nationalism? in ~talk

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    Nationalism on its own isn't necessarily good, but when combined with multi-state globalism it can lead to competition between nations; allowing the successful to thrive and adoption of successful...

    Nationalism on its own isn't necessarily good, but when combined with multi-state globalism it can lead to competition between nations; allowing the successful to thrive and adoption of successful attributes into less successful states.

    At the extremes are Communism and Libertarianism, but I think a happy medium is Democratic Nationalism; because it is more adaptable than single-party/no-state varieties. Having a Representative Democracy allows the state to adopt laws regardless of their origin, giving them the ability to evolve rapidly towards solutions that benefit their citizens. The emphasis should be on what works, not so much on which group/party suggested it - and this process is turbocharged when competition is introduced.

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  6. Comment on What does an "optimal" democratic system look like to you? in ~talk

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    My ideal representative democracy: The notion is that government should be a) representative of citizens and their views and b) have a broad mandate to act, to which they are held to account at...

    My ideal representative democracy: The notion is that government should be a) representative of citizens and their views and b) have a broad mandate to act, to which they are held to account at the next election. The second idea is that that there is no such thing as an unimportant (but maybe unnecessary) law and that you use transparency to hold the existing government to account and make change.


    The following is supreme law and protected by a 2/3 parliamentary supermajority. All other laws may be enacted or repealed with a simple 1/2 majority.

    Function of Parliament

    • An accountable Westminster style Parliament, where MPs form the basis of responsible government. In instances where the public cannot know details of a case (such as intelligence etc), the use of information is accountable to parliament; whose members are protected by parliamentary privilege.

    • Parliament is sovereign, giving government a broad mandate to pursue their agenda (and have nothing to hide behind if it doesn't work); also meaning the Judiciary isn't politicised and so is broadly independent with the expectation they will judge as the law was written, not as they think it should be written.

    • MMP, being proportionate across the country, but filled with electorate MPs first. This helps to keep parliament representative to electorates as well as to the broader country without the need for an upper house.

    Restrictions on Parliament

    • The maximum term of Parliament;
    • The system used to elect;
    • The number and composition of electorates

    Rights of Citizens

    • Universal suffrage;
    • All laws, their jurisdiction, and precedence must be made known to all citizens
    • The right of citizens to petition:
      a) jurisdiction and precedence of proposed laws
      b) referenda to enact proposed laws
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