Considering that California could claim its own seat at the G20 if it was counted as a country – and let’s face it: Given the choice between Berlusconi and Schwarzenegger, who would you prefer? – reporting on the recent financial problems of the state and failed attempts to find solutions has been almost non-existent in this part of the world. Governor Schwarzenegger might want the powers of the Terminator or some other super-hero – or maybe he, in a strange twist of the tale, has become a Terminator victim?
Anyway, Louis Warren has a guest post at Edge of the American West, explaining some of the causes for the rot.
Basic political science question: The majority rule has its own problems compared to the supermajority rule, but if you have an extremist minority is the destruction of the polity or overruling the minority the best option.
PS: I know that there has been a lot of development in voting models and mathematical treatments of voting systems, but I still find Robert A. Dahl’s 1956 book A Preface to Democratic Theory as thought-provoking as anything I’ve read.