8 Ranked Choice Voting (Instant Runoff)

Multi-Party civility:–A one-party state tends toward oppression and a two-party state tends toward gridlock.  These weaknesses detailed in the prior post can be addressed by adding parties so that achieving majority requires forming coalitions based on civility.  People behave better when they hope that the opponent on the current issue will be an ally on the next issue. Multi-Party balancing:–Furthermore, multi-party democracy allows even a small party to influence larger parties away from excesses.  Gridlock between nearly equal political forces can be tipped one way or another by a less powerful party that shifts the balance.  Finesse and agility lead …

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7 Single-Party State?

Like this blog, society is about positive relationships among empathetic people.  Today’s post is another encouragement to diversity and pluralism. Lack of empathy leads to adversarial polarization, which is a primary threat to domestic tranquility in the family or in the state.  Polarization is a path to gridlock, which is a barrier to progress.  A two-party political system is inherently an invitation to polarization.  Shame on the two-party system! Should the two-party system be replaced?  The one-party alternative typically poses even worse prospects.  A very limited reference to the Soviet Union might illustrate a shortcoming of having the Communist Party …

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6 Let’s Be (Positively) Real

Eagerness can tempt us to take shortcuts to wrong goals.  An example is the mythical deity (“jealous god of wrath”) who establishes calm by destroying perpetrators (“the wicked”), a classical quick fix that does not solve problems.  In contrast, patience is a long path to the right goal.  An example is Christian longsuffering that sees the Paul inside every Saul, offering a solution of construction instead of destruction–improving, not removing. We do not expect that every perpetrator will be immediately transformed.  However, the patient offer of redemption strengthens both the mover and the one moved upon and the situation is …

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5 Wishy-Washy

Imagine the pain of loudly supporting one side of an issue only to learn later that the opposite side had the better argument.  A legal advocate or a debate team must know the alternatives and be able to present either side at its best, and universities teach us how to refute any proposition.  Comprehending all viewpoints elevates discussion from assertion to evaluation. Navigating arguments is like driving a vehicle that must be able to turn to the right or to the left in order to stay on the road ahead. When readers expect me invariably to take positions on the …

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4 Cacophony

When I was in middle school, several of us argued religion on the playground.  The object of our contentious discussions was  a) be right (superior subjectively and objectively)b) be distinguished (different from and opposed to someone)c) win (prevail at the expense of the other denominational viewpoint). Sixty years later I regard that display of combative ignorance as childish and unproductive.  It was shared entertainment, but other games and sports would have had more positive personal and social impact. Is adult discourse any different from that childhood activity?  Do contentious political discussions shed any light on our adult topics?  Do political …

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3 Healthy Happy Lucky You

You have come to the place where happiness is contagious, where sharing makes us happy and happiness makes us share. Aristotle taught us that the purpose of life is happiness.  Maybe we would have evolved without happiness motivation, but once we are here, happiness is our choice.  We celebrate the human condition. Health is the foundation of our happiness.  Specifically, mental health called PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) is our capacity to achieve happiness and realize when we have it.  Physical and social health are priceless contributions to our happiness, while mental health is the directing force that improves the other …

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2 The Promised Land: Mexico

Can we learn to support Mexico as the Promised Land–the destination of choice?  I’m not thinking overcrowded refugee camps.  I’m thinking SEMI-AUTONOMOUS (self-governed) PERMANENT SETTLEMENTS where people of similar (international, primarily Spanish speaking) background can start a new life including agriculture and cottage industry from the start.  These people have already entered Mexico, out of the reach of their former persecutors.  Strengthening them where they are seems much closer to economic viability (for them and for Mexico) than trying to push water uphill across yet another international border. Let us not subject these suffering fellow beings to a bitterly divided …

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1 A polite correction

This piece of happiness needs to be shared. There is a grocery product that I dearly love. The company recently raised its price one-third by packaging fewer pieces per bag. After about a month, the packaging again showed the LARGER count–which should mean that the price went back DOWN. I again purchased the product. However, after my purchase I found only the lower count of pieces–appearing like overcharging followed by FRAUD! The best response? Certainly not to call the police! I chose to telephone this small local company, where my call was answered by someone actually involved in the operation, …

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