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"What if democracy was a company?" -- from Eric T.

Posted at 12:41 PM on October 5, 2006 by Jeff Horwich

(The other day we had a couple of great comments on the web site from Eric Tsai, a member of the Loop network. I thought we'd break them out into a separate post -- food for thought. Thanks Eric!)

With the upcoming republican national convention and the emphasis on Minnesota's politically active atmosphere, maybe it would be enlightening to examine how well our democracy works - specifically, how well voting works.

Are reasonable adults really capable of selecting the "best" leader? I really doubt our ability to distinguish between a good, ok, or bad candidate. There's lot of obvious arguments. For example, does the art of marketing or prejudice render voting a broken system? And there's other surface arguments too. For example, our divorce rate is 50%, how well are we really able to judge the aptness of another person for a position.

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