episode #3, Referendums and different voting systems

3 June 2021 | Rotterdam, The Netherlands

As a continuation to introducing direct and indirect democracy, in this episode I will explain what a referendum is and what different types it has. I will also introduce several common voting methods including plurality voting, Condorcet method, instant runoff, score voting, and the electoral college. Then I will carry on to explain what faults these voting methods might have.

Further, I argue that the questions composed for referendums are usually too large and they ignore minority rights. The minorities also will be neglected in many cases of electing representatives.

And finally, I will introduce the notion of The Tyranny of the Majority.

In the end, I would like to ask you to please read and educate yourself about the struggles of Palestinian people, and to please use the right terms when talking about Palestine and Israel. Apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and illegal occupation. Learn about #SheikhJarrah to understand what is going there at the moment when the tensions are high.

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De Gedroomde Stad episode about this project and my artistic practice (episode 4): https://www.cbkrotterdam.nl/nieuws/podcast-de-gedroomde-stad/


Referendum on Britannica: https://www.britannica.com/topic/referendum
Animation introducing different types of the referendum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaxVCsnox_4
Tyranny of the Majority: https://www.masterclass.com/articles/tyranny-of-the-majority-explained#what-does-tyranny-of-the-majority-mean
Referendums and initiatives: https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-a-referendum-definition-example.html

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