Problems of All ‘Democratic’ Voting Systems


There’s a lot of popular controversy in the media about democracy and fair voting systems, most of it focused on the Electoral College and the mistaken idea that democracy means a majoritarian voting system (one person = one vote, where the popular majority determines the winner).

Voting: Determining the Will of the People

This is an interesting 30 minute video lecture offered by the educational lecture series called The Great Courses. It explains fairly clearly how no voting system is perfect and why the voting system must weigh trade-offs in interpreting what determines the true will of the people. Good explanation of Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem. Worth a watch…


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