posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 09:04 AM
reply to post by infinite
That's what I was thinking to myself over the past couple of days.
There are two different examples:
Antiquity : Ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece were all based on limited franchise systems. There was a correlation between the expansion of the franchise
and the waning of the civilizations (though I'm still not sure if we can conclusively say that the prior caused the latter).
Modern times : The USA was stronger when it functioned as a constitutional republic (1776- 1900s). As soon as the franchise was made universal, the
strength of America began to decline.
The UK parliament was far stronger in the early 1800s before the great reform acts, and before universal enfranchisement. There were selected issues
(such as rotten boroughs) which were cause for concern, but overall parliament was more considered and sturdy. Today's parliament is temporary and
fleeting, considering only the short time spaces between elections. Democracy resulted in some great leaders being voted out in favour of charlatans.
It's hard for me not to agree with a limited franchise system. As long as there is potential for people to move into (and indeed out of) the voting
bloc, it will be a powerful motivator for people to work for the franchise.