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6. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 2, 2012, 09:53 eRe4s3r
 
But at least in Holland a coalition would result in 50%+ of vote potential being in power at the end, or re-election in worst case. That is really what democracy is about imo. Who cares if a government can't hold on to power for the period it's elected, coaltions rise and fall ..and let's be honest, Holland is the worst example of European voting systems you could pick due to its internal issues but Holland is not worse for it. ;p

My confusion is simply, why does the US population allow these 2 parties to continue doing this? They are perverting democracy to the core. And as a European it is really hard to grasp how you can consider that still a democracy. Yeah you get to vote, but 50% of the votes don't actually matter. In worst case you get someone in power the majority of the population did not vote for. That is not democracy. -> Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives.

When the winner gets all, that is no longer the case. Obviously the parties (both of them) have no interest in changing things... but you can see from the climate in the USA how bad it is when 2 parties are literally at war with each other. Heck I half expect there to be a secession of republican states sooner or later. There is no way this current political climate in the US will lead to progress or stability.

Of course adding to this, Holland and Germany, being nearly identical systems and all, obviously have their own issues in that the other 49.99% in worst case is opposition party with no power. At all, but at least in recent times, it is no longer a 2 party system. And with more parties in a coalition, more voter interests are actually represented.. although one could argue that a 8% party should not have any major say....

This comment was edited on Nov 2, 2012, 10:03.
 
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