Tuesday, February 04, 2003

Vox Populi

Students of U.S. history know that the founding fathers didn't necessarily trust "the people" to make every decision. The Constitution has several elements that diluted the political power of the masses. For example, it wasn't until the 20th century that Senators ran for office in an election.

We take for granted that everyone should have a full voice in how our government is run. The more cynical among us might note that popular political power seems to have waned while coporate political power has waxed into a horny-headed beast. And there are still many folks who argue that sensitive matters of state are best left up to the "experts".

But what if you let the people actually have a voice. University of Texas professor James Fishkin did. You might be surprised at what he found out.

(Link via Tapped.)

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