Saturday, February 04, 2006

Coalitions: power to the corporadoes!

From yet another article advocating voting reform (my emphasis; notice the use of 'bait and switch': by providing so many alternatives, the proponents of voting reform manage to hide the huge problems involved in each system):

"The systems that add proportionality are 'Mixed Member Proportional' (MMP, as used in Germany and New Zealand) or the Single Transferrable Vote in multiple-member ridings (STV, as used in Ireland and the Australian Senate) or full Proportional Representation (PR, as used in Israel and the Netherlands). Some important characteristics are explained below, but at this stage the thing to note is the first argument of most reform opponents. They say that proportional systems in the Canadian context will seldom produce majority governments, and this is true.

However – and this is where most Canadians do not understand the rest of the world – the alternative is normally not what we call 'minority governments' with their pattern of instability. Rather the normal outcome is the far more stable 'coalition government' pattern where two or more parties negotiate a program for the life of the Parliament."

Bingo! If you ever wonder why progressives lose all the battles, this explains it in a nutshell. The entire point of the exercise is to remove class interests from political debate. Left and right are no longer the issue; politics becomes a rolling series of single-issue parties holding up a bland left-right coalition. If everybody just does what the corporations want, everybody will be happy. Why mess things up by talking about class interests? Such nonsense is hateful 'class warfare' (you ever listen to Rush Limbaugh on the subject of class warfare?).

The lefties like the idea of coalition governments because it provides the appearance of power. They get to sit at the table and ride in the limos. While they are riding in the limos, the people they supposedly represent are having their wallets rifled by the corporadoes. I'd much rather see the progressives outside the room yelling for change than inside the room getting along (note how bent the German Green Party became once it had a taste of power). The corporadoes like corporatism because they can fully control the outcome, and the lefties have shown they can be bought. Debates based on the concept of class interests will be considered to be embarrassingly old-fashioned. Since the elites all want voting reform, democracy has very few more years to live in Canada.