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Monday, May 7, 2012


The issue of representation is really an issue that needs to come out of the closet and put on the table for discussion and debate.
Back in the 1950s and 60s some Frenchman studied political party systems around the world and wrote about his findings. In a nutshell what became known as Duverger’s Law is that once a voting district gets so big the people lose their personal connection with their politicians and have to start relying on a candidate’s party affiliation instead. In other words, when the candidates are no longer judged by the content of their character but by the color of their party. Funny, the magic number he came up with for preventing the disconnect was to limit districts to 30,000. The exact same number our Founding Fathers came up with in 1787.... This trend continued on until the early 1900s when, without any legal power to do so, decided to limit the number of Congressional seats to 435. Now our district sizes vary anywhere from 500K to over a million. Very few of us really know anything about our Congressman.
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