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Comment: Re:Math (Score 1) 576

by ted.hansson (#41925513) Attached to: All of Nate Silver's State-Level Polling Predictions Proved True

What you describe is the reason why such systems turn into two-party systems.

The electoral college and "winner-takes-all" mechanic is what turns it into a two-party system. A parliament with proportional representation based on popular vote could easily be a plurality, as is indeed the case in most places with that voting system.

Comment: Re:Poor Aussies (Score 1) 247

by ted.hansson (#28727457) Attached to: Australian Website Bans ... Australians

Because the purpose of every country's legislative branch is to add laws, not remove them.

Actually, this is a flaw exclusive to the common law system. In systems with civil law, it is fairly common to have the legislative body remove old laws that no longer serve a purpose or have been replaced by modernised versions.

It is also a plus that civil law can be applied in the smallest matters without thereby adding new laws through precedent, though I'm sure it makes cabbage feel more important. :)

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