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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-19-06 12:31 PM
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16. It Is A Question Of Emphasis, Sir
Edited on Wed Apr-19-06 12:31 PM by The Magistrate
The distinction is whether the vote is more a count of persons adhering to particular political outlooks and philosophies, or whether it is more a count of persons belonging to particular ethnic or religious or regional groups. Obviously no election will be purely an example of the first case, as identity will often influence political allegiance, but often there will occur pretty pure examples of the second case, in which there is no real difference of political philosphy among the contending groups, only a dispute over who will get to lord it over the rest. The result of such cases is usually the bitter post-colonial jest: "One man, one vote, once...."
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