"[Kenneth] Arrow was able to prove—with the inexorable force of pure mathematics—that the only way to satisfy all of the requirements [of democracy] is to select one voter and give him all the votes. The only “democratic” procedure that meets the minimal requirements for democracy is to anoint a dictator."
This is actually an overgeneralization of Arrow’s Theorem. Plus Arrow’s theorem only applied to ranking methods.
His conclusion wasn’t that all methods were equally hopeless. It’s rather obvious that some methods are better than others. One thing he’s noted is that our current method, Plurality, is quite terrible compared to the alternatives.
During our recent phone conversation, Dr. Arrow graciously offered to autograph a reprinted copy of the first journal to publish his theorem, Journal of Political Economy (1950). And now it could be yours.
One of his autographed first edition books sold for $5,200.
This perk is going for a one-time donation of 3,500 (multiple donations adding to this doesn’t count). Now, if no one has claimed the perk by the end of the campaign, then the person with the highest total in public donations gets it. (No board members can win.)
Who would’ve guessed it? We (of all people) have created a game theory problem for you!
Some of you are already in the running for total public donations: Frank Atwood: $800 Brian Hauer: $500 Robert Jochim: $500 Robert Norman: $500
Vote Your $1 to End Plurality with One-Dollar Weekend
Our campaign to push Approval Voting is moving forward. Thanks to you, we raised over $1,000 in the first 24 hours and are moving towards $6K.
But we want everyone to have an opportunity to speak out and get involved. So we’re doing one-dollar weekend. If you want to support us (even if you have already), please put down a single dollar bill.
And this actually helps us. It helps our page position. And the numbers can add up, much like a vote (your vote). But most of all, this is your way to take a small step and speak out.
The end of Plurality starts with you. And your one dollar.
On February 24, 2013, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hold their 85th annual Academy Awards ceremony. While tens of millions of viewers will tune in to celebrate the artistic brilliance and technical wizardry of the film industry, few will ever realize they’ve just witnessed the state of the art in democracy. …More here on the -> Academy Voting Process