Re: Fw: NYT

From: Cameron L. Spitzer <cls_at_truffula_dot_sj_dot_ca_dot_us>
Date: Sat Sep 12 2009 - 10:50:54 CDT

Last week I spent some time in the Green Party booth in the
"free speech zone" on the far outskirts of San Jose's
annual street fair. As usual, most of the visitors are
curious and interested in Green politics, and most of the
rest are hate radio listeners who need to vent on what
ever issue Clearchannel has them riled up about that week.

So we heard from several folks about the dangerous
Communist menace of Van Jones and the horrible Death Panels
which our socialist President wants to replace
the Best Health Care In The World with.

But we also got half an hour of face time from a Libertarian
who was very upset about Fairvote and its evil conspiracy to
bring Single Transferrable Ranked Choice ("instant runoff")
voting to cities. Sometimes it's hard to get these guys to
tell you where they get their "news", but this guy was clearly
rehashing stuff he'd been hearing on hate radio or reading
on Libertarian web content. It appears Fairvote has been
successful enough to attract some organized opposition.

-Cameron

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