Re: [Fwd: [ga-full] RE: [ga] Voting rules, take 4]
On Thu, Jun 22, 2000 at 12:49:19PM -0500, Weisberg wrote:
> Kent Crispin wrote:
> < ...I am struck by the utter absurdity of this conversation.
> "Absurdity" is a rather extreme characterization for discussing the process by
> which our decisions are made.
> And, making that characterization is a
> questionable method of analyzing and resolving an issue placed upon the
> table by an officer of this assembly; about which we are going to vote;
> and for which there is no default answer.
There is indeed a default answer. From Harald's original post:
2/3 majority required to win, since it's a rule introduction. Does
this seem uncontroversial? If so - let's vote on it!
> In short, it is demonstratively disruptive.
In my opinion the disruption is from those who wish to endlessly
elaborate because things aren't just perfect. Harald put a matter on
the table, a matter which had been open for weeks with nary a peep from
> The real absurdity is demonstrably this: that one who believes the
> conversation is absurd should participate and try to affect its outcome.
Don't be silly. I am branding the conversation as absurd precisely
because I would like it to terminate.
> > I know that there are many who would like to see a world government
> > here, but, objectively speaking, the ga is basically an informal mailing
> > list, and a relatively small one at that. If we were packed in a room
> > almost certainly we would just use a show of hands to vote, with a very
> > simple decision rule to evaluate the results. Maybe, in extreme
> > circumstances, we might pass a hat around and collect scraps of paper
> > with various people's names on them.
> Either we are here for serious business or we are wasting our time.
Indeed. Endless debate about process is precisely "wasting time".
> Therefore, we should do what?
Vote on Harald's proposition.
> There is no process in place. We are now
> seeking motions and seconds for proposals upon which we may vote.
I move that we vote on Harald's proposal.
> How do you
> suggest we skip that procedure?
How could we skip it? Do what you are doing -- engage in endless
discussions about the perfect voting procedure.
Kent Crispin "Do good, and you'll be
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