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Burning down the (state) house

13 November 2014

Perhaps the Guerrero political establishment will get the message now that angry students, parents, teachers and fed up citizens torched the state legislature:

Via RT:

My comment:  Democracy is messy, and, as Winston Churchill once said, the worst form of government, except for all the others.” It seems political parties… an 18th century idea… exist mainly to perpetuate themselves, and when they are not particularly ideological, or one’s choices are limited to existing political parties, I can understand exactly why citizens feel they are useless and resort to democracy by less genteel means.

The people say "NO"... photo: Al Jazeera

The people say “NO”… photo: Al Jazeera

In Mexico, after the “democratic opening” of the late 1980s (in good part in response to both the citizens forced to act for themselves after the 1985 Earthquake, as well as the threat of an uprising after the stolen 1988 Presidential election) there were any number of ideological parties, but there has been a continual push by the main parties to force out the minority parties. The threshhold for ballot access has been continually raised, and… financing for electioneering has been tilted towards the three major parties. While not quite as bad as in the United States, where campaigns are openly run through bribery and access is limited in nearly every state to two neo-liberal parties, the Mexican party system is broken, and there is talk of how to fix it.

That seems a mistake. Why go with an 18th century political concept? Why, for that matter, elect legislatures by geographical region, instead of, say, social interest or economic class? Certainly, the technology exists for counting ballots in proportional representation elections… why not let people chose three or five (or whatever) interest fields, and elect representatives for their interests? If 50& of Guerrero’s voters choose to vote for a campesino candidate, and 20 percent for a business candidate, and 2 percent for an environmentalist, and the rest for any number of special interests, why not a legislature reflecting what the people actually want?

Or why not some other form of democracy? Why stick to 18th century forms?

Other ideas?

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