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The Importance of the Electoral College by George Grant
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Aug 11, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: american-experiment
Read from July 18 to 22, 2010 — I own a copy

** spoiler alert ** Grant really brings out the genius and wisdom of the electoral college system of Presidential election. This system protects minorities from "mobocracy" which would be the result of a purely democratic election system.
As an example, the trend of decreasing farmers and increasing urban populations means that a popular election (pure democracy) would allow candidates to focus their policies on the highest concentration of peoples which would also think in a common way about certain issues. A city-dweller doesn't care about the same things a farmer cares about (though a farmer is critically important to the sustainment of urbanites). The electoral college preserves the voice of the minority so that we remain a nation of the rule of law instead of rule of man.
Grant also highlights that the problem is not with the electoral college system but in the administration of that system by the several states method of "winner take all".
A very good discussion that sheds much needed light on the controversy of the 2000 election.

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