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  •  Looking worldwide, historically (none)
    It seems to me that strong-president systems are inherently problematic, even given the differences in local conditions. I have a number of possible explanations, but they're all pretty speculative. I think a lot of Americans get a little defensive about the presidential system because it's been touted to them since childhood as the best possible arrangement, which it pretty clearly isn't.

    And say what you will about Israel and Italy, the range of debate and representation is much wider than in the U.S., with everybody from Communists to ultrarightist nationalists (and in Italy neofascists) represented in the legislature.

    In the future, everyone will have a blog, and none of them will be read. My unread blog will be Symmachus

    by gracchus on Mon Nov 28, 2005 at 06:00:57 PM PST

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    •  But See, I'm Not Sure... (none)
      ...the voices in the national governing body should range from Communists to ultraright nationalists and neofascists.  If the system is that malleable that those extremes (to say nothing of porn star Ciccolina) I don't think that's much of a virtue.  

      I'm not arguing the virtue of our system.  I'm just saying the other systems aren't necessarily heads and shoulders above ours, especially when combined with the other factors such as historical, cultural, social, economic, etc issues.  Many of the problems and virtues of our current system would still exist if we had a different system.  

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Mon Nov 28, 2005 at 06:09:34 PM PST

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