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    As for the Senate.  I think it's useless and really has no purpose in a democratic society.
    You don't see a need for the Senate?  As a whole? Not just its current dysfunctional form but as an institution entirely?

    There is not a single Unicameral state that is not geographically small and socially homogenous.

    Bicameralism is the buttress of reactionary populism.  It is a "check and balance" so embedded in the most powerful branch of government it doesn't even get thought of a check.  It also forces societal change to be filtered though a wider term-staggered spectrum to ensure that all segments of our society (a society that is by design as diverse as humanly possible) have a chance to vet, debate, modify, temper, change and block everything.

    No purpose in a democratic society?  Western Democracy is generally attributed as the legacy of Ancient Greece...which was built on a bicameral legislature.  As was Rome.  As is most of today's Europe.  As is most of South and Central America, as is Canada and Australia.  As are the Balkans having emerged from USSR control.  As is India since the end of The Raj.  As is post-apartheid South Africa.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 07:52:54 AM PDT

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