The system. I just use California as an example because it's the most obvious example in the United States. It's nothing against Californians specifically. I think you'd find a similar pattern among the electorates of most other states if they had a California-style system. The people will vote themselves access to more and more spending, but won't increase their taxes to pay for it.Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos
With that said, it probably wouldn't be as severe of a problem in other states. California is the absolute worst state to have this kind of system because it is so enormous.
Switzerland has roughly one-fifth the population of California, and is not nearly as diverse. It's also a decentralized confederation of cantons, whereas US states are extremely centralized. Furthermore, Switzerland has a well-educated population and a strong culture of civic responsibility which simply does not exist anywhere in the United States.Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos
How so? Scaling government up tends to make it more complex proportionally. By the same token, communism works great in a family of 4, but not so great in a nation of 100 million.Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos
So do you think California would function better if it emulated the Swiss system? What changes would you make? And what would stop the people of California from voting to straitjacket their government again?Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos
...which is why most of us think it doesn't work.Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos