Interesting, I haven’t had the luxury of being able to follow those latest US elections very closely. Any helpful links?
Your military dictatorship would probably have made me turn “terrorist” too, if it didn’t turn me into a corpse or a cripple first.
In any case the USA supported your military dictatorship with public funds and military support that could have been better spent improving conditions in the US’ own Bantustans (such as the politically unrepresented “Indian” reservations).
Of course like Puerto Rico they are unrepresented at the Federal level, so the Dems and Reps have limited incentive to care on account of them having minimal political influence..
Then again they are hardly the only effectively disenfranchised people in the US, just some of the most visible to us in this country on account that our documentary filmmakers love them.
As @Ringleader already said first past the post is generally a terrible system for adequately representing voters and a diverse array of political viewpoints as anyone who didn’t for the winner of their district is politically silenced for at least four years and districts can theoretically be “won” on extremely small percentages of the vote.
Then there is the myriad of other tactics employed most often by the Reps these days but the Dems are far from clean on this too of Gerrymandering.
As for elections I’m strongly in favour of making election day a public holiday, both over here and in places like the US and I believe Bernie did suggest it. As it is one of the single most effective things you can do to get turnout up and you can even combine it with Australian style mandatory voting.
Still it does as much or more then all of our current turnout promoting measures, such as improved absentee/postal voting, unbound voting ballots, extended poll opening hours and even the legal target to have <15 mins maximum waiting time combined.
Then again it is the one measure that is vehemently opposed by some of parties on economic grounds.
As an interim solution we could combine the measures we already have with Sunday voting though of course that has our Christian Democrats crying bloody murder. I suppose we could legally spread voting over both Sunday and Monday, though it would cost more money.
For example having US elections always fall on a Tuesday was an elegant and ingenious solution and made a lot of sense in a society where the vast majority of the eligible voters where religious white male farmers and infrastructure was rather limited. The problem is that it makes far less sense today, but it’s another thing that has become sacrosanct so it won’t be changed any time soon, no matter how out of tune with modern society it has become.
Today it has rather become a measure of voter suppression, instead of promoting maximum turnout.
Theoretically this is where social democracy and progressive taxation with a strongly regulated private economy come in as to re-distribute some of that accrued private wealth back into society in order to make it more liveable, pleasant and ultimately sustainable.
However some things, particularly industries where no effective competition is possible due to infrastructure or other requirements, such as our railways are better run for the public benefit by the state then by profit-focused private enterprise since there can never be real and effective competition there on account that we’re not going to allow every company to appropriate lands to create its own rail network and even if we did few would be willing to make to make the initial investment to build them anyway.
The other way is to have limited need for trading partners in the first place, both the US and the former Soviet Union would have had enough resources to function as entirely self-contained economies if necessary.
Realistically, no, that’s because the law and the requirements for becoming a lawyer are still vastly different from country to country. Over here you need to study law at least four years and graduate and then follow that up with another three years of the combined law-school/trainee lawyer track this country has and after that keep earning the required credits for re-accreditation each year. Also do not piss off the only bar association in the country too much. In the US the procedures are radically different.
Walk up and volunteer, seriously it is as simple as that. Or at least it was for me. Although I was fortunate to make enough of an impression to be offered a paid political aide spot after, since I wouldn’t have been in the position where I could have afforded to continue if it wasn’t for that. Which is why I’m against cutting subsidies for political parties as they are now expecting much more people then in my day to become unpaid political aides, needless to say you need the bank of mum and dad to finance it in that case, which wouldn’t have been in the cards for me.
Becoming a candidate requires either creating your own party/movement or getting past the vetting commission of one of the established ones. Something I had just managed after years of being a political aide, weeks before my then undiagnosed celiacs came to a head and my health really took a nosedive, which meant I had to go on disability and let it go. Not one of the fondest moments in my life.
But seriously just join up or start your own movement, if you’ve got, as the Germans say the Fingerspitzengefühl for the “art of the possible” you should do at least relatively okay.
If you’re already famous and/or have got the sort of money and connections or brilliance and charisma I never did, well you can use them to take shortcuts not available to me.
Again the US is hugely different though you’ve got that first-past-the-post two party system and particularly to even think of running for President you need more money then all of our political parties put together even have available.
Frankly I wouldn’t want to join either the Dems or the Reps at this point, however since at the moment it is seemingly vital to get that (D) or (R ) behind your name on the US ballot, I guess it’s pick your poison.
If I absolutely had to I would join whichever one of the two was weakest in the district I wanted on account of having more opportunity to use it to build my own brand. For example I’ve heard that in some Hawaii districts there is effectively no Republican party in existence, so even if I wanted to outflank the incumbent Dem on the left, I’d likely go for the (R ) there, whereas in, say, Idaho I’d do the opposite.
However since that is similar to the Bernie strategy expect no support from the larger party in that case, but if all you need is to get that (D) or (R ) behind your name that’s likely survivable provided you can establish a connection with your district and it isn’t one of the ones where you need to be independently wealthy to run in the first place.
This is why I don’t envy @Rogar for living in a state where you need to be really wealthy to even consider running for office due to the need to compete in some of the most expensive media markets in New York in order to get your message out.
Seriously much more then Northam Phil Murphy in New Jersey sounds like a bunch of bad news to me.
I know next to nothing of Puerto Rican politics in particular though.
Doesn’t Cata do power fantasy in his other series? I SHALL BECOME THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS MUAHAHAHAH!!!
Not in the Infinity series, though.