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ACT Election

Well, I've voted. That's that chore out of the way until the third Saturday in October 2012.

For the last few weeks, it's been impossible to get into the district centre without running the gauntlet of pollies. They're everywhere.

In Canberra, we have state or local government, just the ACT government. The British* Hare-Clark system is used. The ACT is divided into three multi-member electorates. Candidates are grouped by party, but in a random order that varies from ballot to ballot. You have to select at least seven candidates. It's unlikely that any party will win a majority, but the bookies pay on the party that claims the chief ministership.

Now I have to write an essay for the Army on "The Fallacy of Democratic Triumphalism".

* Except that British people have never heard of it.


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22nd Oct, 2008 07:48 (UTC)
Democratic Thiumphalism
Um, I suppose this is the term for the US' policy to further democracy throughout the world (through promoting free trade, for example)? Just sounds a bit vague to me, but I'm a pretty literal-minded person.

22nd Oct, 2008 20:36 (UTC)
Re: Democratic Thiumphalism
Democratic triumphalism is defined as a belief that "not only does the spread of democracy make the world more benign by reducing the likelihood of wars among liberal states, but democracies enjoy certain advantages in their relations with non-democratic states, particularly when they are at war with them". Historian Victor Davis Hanson put it this way in The Soul of Battle:
Democracy, and its twin of market capitalism, alone can instantaneously create lethal armies out of civilians, equip them with horrific engines of war, imbue them with a near-messianic zeal within a set time and place to exterminate what they understand as evil, have them follow to their deaths the most ruthless of men, and then melt anonymously back into the culture that produced them. It is democracies, which in the right circumstances, can be imbued with the soul of battle, and thus turn the horror of killing to a higher purpose of saving lives and freeing the enslaved.

Edited at 2008-10-22 20:38 (UTC)
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