Efficiency and the Road-Trip Economy

Whenever people talk about economic policies, the subject of efficiency is guaranteed to come up.

People are constantly concerned about efficiency, and being perceived as “inefficient” or “wasteful” can be a deadly blow to a politician or a policy idea.

In this environment, it’s easy to start thinking that efficiency itself is the purpose of the economy. But not only is efficiency not the purpose of the economy, it’s not even one of the purposes.

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Why ballot box commentary cannot work

This is a follow-up to my report yesterday that the Green Party of Canada has added partisan messaging to their ballots for this year’s convention. It’s not necessary to read that post first, but it provides a real-world example of this phenomenon, if you would like to see one.

For anybody who has even briefly observed the differences between democratic and authoritarian states, it should be obvious that democracies try to keep their voting processes strictly non-partisan, while authoritarian states typically do the opposite.

But just in case it’s not obvious why ballot box commentary is a terrible idea for any organization, this post explains the problems.

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Green Party of Canada includes partisan messaging on internal ballots

(Update June 21: For a follow-up post explaining in detail the problems with ballot-box commentary, see Why ballot box commentary cannot work.)

Today I received some surprising news from friends of mine within the Green Party of Canada (GPC), showing evidence of vote-influencing in the GPC’s internal policy process. These events add weight to recent claims by members that the party is abandoning its tradition of grassroots democracy and shifting to a top-down system of control.

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