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    I’d say “difference” rather than “weakness”. Presidential systems have similar issues in different ways, such as where there are major political difference between a President and government, leading to either stagnation or legislation being forced through with no real oversight.

    I think this is a wider problem to be honest – as long as elected politicians seek to represent only on political viewpoint rather than the will of the population as a whole, there will always be direct conflict and distinct winners and losers. I’m not sure if there is a solution to this but I do know that just shifting the job titles around isn’t it.
    I understand the argument quite well, but have never been able to befriend it. If the question of political systems, the conditions under which democracy it the best form of government, why it is and how the democracy should be structured, "Calculus of Consent" by Tullock and Bucanan is an excellent introduction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    I understand the argument quite well, but have never been able to befriend it. If the question of political systems, the conditions under which democracy it the best form of government, why it is and how the democracy should be structured, "Calculus of Consent" by Tullock and Bucanan is an excellent introduction.
    While I’m sure the political scientists could make all sorts of technical arguments about what kind of political system should work best, in practice I don’t think these systematic details actually make all that much practical difference. It’s ultimately the people involved who determine whether the political process and governmental structures work or not – good people will generally make things work regardless while bad people will create a disaster out of any system.

    After all, isn’t it commonly said that the best system in theory would be the truly benevolent dictator? We just know that nobody would ever be up to that job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HonestJoe View Post
    While I’m sure the political scientists could make all sorts of technical arguments about what kind of political system should work best, in practice I don’t think these systematic details actually make all that much practical difference. It’s ultimately the people involved who determine whether the political process and governmental structures work or not – good people will generally make things work regardless while bad people will create a disaster out of any system.

    After all, isn’t it commonly said that the best system in theory would be the truly benevolent dictator? We just know that nobody would ever be up to that job.
    I don't know about making no practical difference. My experience in companies and politics has always been that the structure an organization makes a huge difference in outcomes of internal decision making processes.

    The benevolent dictator is fine, if he is all knowing. If he is not, the democratic process will tend to have an informational advantage.

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    We have a winner by one or two seats thank God, but the Senate is a jumble of independents where nothing will get passed, gee it reminds me of America

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