[OSM-talk] Postponing elections, or other alternatives (Was: Modus operandi of the board)

Tom MacWright tom at macwright.org
Tue Oct 28 13:01:19 UTC 2014


I'm an OSMF member, and I'm in favor of a reboot that would establish a
completely new board. I think that the existing board is individually
capable but as a group will never get along.

On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 8:21 AM, Simon Poole <simon at poole.ch> wrote:

> Particularly because the "far more efficient" is clearly false (for one
> compare number of fundamental reforms at all level of government that
> stick in Switzerland vs. other countries, particularly those with
> two-party systems). The Swiss system is fairly fine-tuned though and
> lots of things work smoothly because the direct democratic system
> exists, not because it is invoked.
>
> But this is really really off topic
>
> Simon
>
> PS: one thing that confuses non-residents a lot is that for example tax
> increases in general (gross simplification naturally) are accepted in
> popular votes here.
>
> PPS: mandatory cultural dissonance pointer: Switzerland doesn't even
> have a head of state in any conventional sense of the word and still is
> by many metrics one of the most successful countries in the World.
> Invoking the image that things can't work without a "leader" telling
> people what to do, tends to get us rolling on the floor with laughter.
> And that even without going as far as collecting Godwin points.
>
>
> Am 28.10.2014 12:51, schrieb Pieren:
> > On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 5:56 PM, Kathleen Danielson
> > <kathleen.danielson at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Direct democracy is cumbersome and often lacks nuance,
> >> which is why it's so infrequently used. Representative democracies and
> their
> >> ilk are far more common simply because they are far more efficient.
> >
> > Ouch. Never say that to our swiss friends ;-)
> >
> > Pieren
> >
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