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Nazgul35 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-03 10:03 AM
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13. except the literature shows us something else...
Germans are exercising strategic voting based upon the expected coalition 8% of the vote does not mean 8% support from the public....some SPD voters are actually voting for the Greens to ensure that there is enough seats to win government...

Your response to the Italy argument would be what we call anecdotal...for ever Burlusconi there is...who?! The change occured in the mid if you dont like Italy, how about that wonder PR system in Israel...ya know, the one where extremist right wing parties are having more of a say in the system because they are needed to form a government...

You didn't respond to the idea of thresholds...which is the real reason that extremist's are limited.....and we Americans should know how your system works...we, along with the British and the French gave it to you....we even determined which parties could and could not legally form for the first elections...


the current system employeed by Germany is not the first, the original was more permissive...

Let's not also forget that extremist parties have actually one election to Lander governments...which would also be expected to happen here....

I am often suspicious of supporters of PR because they usually are supporters of small, ideological parties in like the Greens, so it is understandable that they would want to magnify their voices beyond what it actually represents within a society...
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