SOLO-NZ Press Release: MMP, STV, FPP ... Why Not Good Ol' Liberty?

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2008-05-18 01:38

SOLO-NZ Press Release: MMP, STV, FPP ... Why Not Good Ol' Liberty?

May 18, 2008

News that a future National Government will probably hold a referendum on MMP is a great yawn, says SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo.

“First, it’s too little too late. MMP has already done its damage, giving unreconstructed socialists like Banderton and the Luddite Greens clout in government out of all proportion to their popular support. Holding a referendum in 2011 is not going to undo that. It’s typical of Neville Key that he won’t take a position himself or commit his party to one.

“Second, all voting systems currently on the table are based on the flawed premise that something is right if a certain number of people vote for it. Democracy, so often and so tragically confused with freedom, allows for the destruction of freedom at the behest of majorities or pluralities. In particular it enfranchises welfare cannibals who vote for the party that promises them the greatest amount of money stolen from its legitimate owners. Elections become, in H. L. Mencken’s immortal words, ‘an advance auction of stolen goods.’

“Any meaningful electoral reform must at minimum disenfranchise those who suck on the state tit. Bailey Kurariki, who is no doubt looking forward to voting Labour, the party that most conscientiously spawns his ilk, should not have the vote at all until he is self-supporting.

“Most importantly, the inalienable rights of every individual to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness must be placed out of harm’s way, beyond the vote. Politicians must be constitutionally prevented from violating those rights, no matter how many state-indoctrinated zombies demand such violation.

“Every adult human being has the right to live his life as he/she chooses, constrained only by the requirement to respect the right of others to do the same. This right should be enshrined in a constitution and made sacrosanct in law,” Perigo concludes.

Lindsay Perigo 021 255 8715


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I prefer FPTP to MMP...

Marcus's picture

Although that voting system doesn't allow small parties like Libertarianz a chance to get into Parliament, at least FPTP usually allows one major party the chance to lay it's political cards on the table undiluted - they either stack up or not.

The problem with proportional representation is always leads to horse trading and watered down nonsense. I have seen that happen in Austria, Germany and NZ.

Actually, I think that FPTP is one of the major political strengths in both US and UK systems, no matter how flawed.

I very much doubt they will

Elijah's picture

I very much doubt they will actually hold such a Referendum, or indeed, win the General Election.

It is such a shame when Working Class people are allowed to vote and do so irresponsibly by supporting parties which seek to tax and spend on unnecessary items.

Agree with you about that Maori boy...the article in the Sunday paper was a bit shocking at how his 'far now' view his return as an opportunity to make up for lost time, rather than an understanding he killed some poor fellow going about his business.

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