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your democracy is functioning well when…

When it resists the most overt attempts at manipulation, you know your democracy is functioning well.  Even when it produces the wrong outcome, you can be confident that it’s still working correctly and will eventually outlast the geniuses who think they’re gaming it.  That’s the lesson I took from stories told in the recent books…
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Political Poll-arization

The neurotic obsession with polls has hit a new height in the Toronto mayoral election.  It’s as if the polls keep watch so that Ford can’t sneak up on us again. It’s terrible that the polls dominate the discussion.  Policies, experience, and character are forgotten when talk turns to trends and predictions. Polls also reduce…
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How Olivia Chow can STILL win

A couple of weeks ago I offered a scenario in which Olivia Chow could still win.  At the time, I acknowledged her decline in pre-Labour Day polls, but argued that pre-Labour Day polls are irrelevant. Given the incumbent Mayor’s rare cancer, the unexpected candidacy of his brother Doug, and the withdrawal of David Soknacki, it’s…
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How can Chow possibly win?

It is now past Labour Day, the actual start of the 2014 mayoral campaign.  Everything until now has been a prelude.  Now that the race is on, conversations are starting with questions about who is going to win.  I’d prefer that people ask who SHOULD win, or why they should win, or how to help…
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