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Response to True Blue Door (Reply #46)

Wed Oct 1, 2014, 04:22 PM

48. I don't have those numbers. You'll have to look them up yourself.

I don't have time. Town Meetings are very, very old in the US. They were common in the 19th century, particularly in the northeastern states but most have been replaced by representative systems. Most of that information is available at my first Wikipedia link. I'm guessing that you didn't bother to read that article.

As towns grew into larger cities, that system was no longer practical. There's a population limit to direct democratic government, it seems. If everyone can't fit into some building somewhere, some other means of governing is more practical.

You wrote:

It never existed in most communities. Most communities were founded by real estate developers in the late 20th century.


Actually, most of the communities that had Town Meeting government were founded in the 19th century or earlier. In fact, most small towns were in existence long before the late 20th century. You've got that wrong. Except in some states, most towns are quite old, as you can see by their downtown buildings. In fact, new towns and cities founded in the "late 20th century" are rather rare. Even suburbs often have much older downtown cores that were once part of a small town.

Just look at the logistics of a direct democracy. In Town Meeting cities, people go to the meeting once a year or so, discuss what will be voted on and vote. Simple small towns don't need complex government systems. As towns grow larger and have fire departments, police departments, sewer and water systems and other amenities, government becomes too complex for the Town Meeting system to cope. Government can't be done neighborhood by neighborhood, either, since so much infrastructure and organization is done on a citywide basis.

I'm not making circular arguments. You're just apparently not understanding what I'm saying. With that, I'm done with this discussion. I have other things to do.

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