April 26, 2004

Lines are drawn on a map, delineating populations. The lines are drawn by whoever is in charge, so as to balance the population opinion within those lines such that they are most likely to be re-elected. The majority -- or more frequently the largest minority -- chooses a representative who best defines their wishes, and thereby imposes them on all the rest. To prevent complete assimilative domination, smaller minorities are frequently forced into unfavourable compromises born of the sole need to survive: lest they be left isolated and completely void of effective voice. In many cases, the only positive outcome of the compromise for the minority in question is not that they retain an ally, but that they don't become invisible -- or worse, seen as competition for a limited resource.

This is termed an optimal system of government?

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