BC’s weekend reads

  1. Turkey and the Case of the Magical Vanishing Coup
  2. Is the overthrow of a democratically elected government ever justified?
  3. John and Abigail Adams educated their son, John Quincy, to become the worthy successor of the Founding generation of the new regime
  4. An American economist’s observations from Europe
  5. The Influence of Culture on Science, and the Culture of Science
  6. Confessions of an Ex-Prosecutor

PS: Did anyone else notice that the Brexit vote was 51%-49%? I mean, there’s a lot to think about there, especially for libertarians who claim that democracy sucks but Brexit/Nexit/Grexit is totally and completely justified if the people demand it…

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2 thoughts on “BC’s weekend reads

  1. > Did anyone else notice that the Brexit vote was 51%-49%?

    Yes, close votes on big issues causes some conversation in my circles. Not quite the same, but I’m even thinking of pro-choice issues voted on by the Supreme Court of the United States, many of which have been 5-4. There are overtones of sadness in one of the opinions, I think Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which the authors reflect on the fact that changing one member of the court may have dramatic consequences on the law, despite the fact that womens’ right to choose has been the law of the land for almost 50 years now.

    But back to your point, the same close electoral outcome defines many elections all over the world, to the point that many legislative chambers give some kind of “majority bonus” to the winning faction, just to allow the winners to be able to govern with some leeway. I’ve never seen the sense in this, since the notion basically erodes some votes and favors the others, and seems to generally insult the democratic principle of modern states.

    And more to your point, the recent Scottish exit vote was also in the stay side by a slim margin, and would have been a huge imposition on that portion of the electorate if the “leaves” had won by a slim margin. One wonders if it wouldn’t make sense to require super-majorities for these dramatic, nation-shaping events.

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