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What is the point in having a democracy if it is unable to elect the smartest people?

There are many traps in democracy, but one thing to keep in mind, though it is not always apparent day-to-day is the wisdom of the crowd effect. I.e. over time, people in aggregate tend to take fairly ...
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What is the point in having a democracy if it is unable to elect the smartest people?

The idea of a government run by those most qualified to run it is called meritocracy. It would be very difficult to get such a system to work in practice, since many questions are quickly asked, ...
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How does Brazil ensure their voters know which electoral candidate corresponds to which number?

After entering the candidate's number on the electronic voting machine, their name and photo are shown on the screen, after that we can confirm (the green button) or correct it (the red button). ...
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How often have a same pair of candidates from the two major parties faced off in multiple Senate or House elections?

In the Senate, not at all since 1976 - according to the MEDSL dataset found here. There have, however, been nine two-time matchups:- Jay Wolfe & Jay Rockefeller (WV; 2002 & 2008), Harvey Gant &...
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