Month: March 2016

For a love of humanity and human kind

Justice Anthony Kennedy used to be one of my more unfavorable justices on the High Tribunal, but his majority opinion for Obergefell v. Hodges completely altered my views on him. He never mentioned “same-sex marriage”, instead he used only “marriage”, signifying an equal status of the two–heterosexual marriage and homosexual marriage.   In his flavorful and carefully written […]

History of Democracy in Haiti

Part I: History of Democracy in Haiti Part II: Elections in Haiti Part III: Problems Facing Haitian Implementation of Democracy Part IV: A Comparative Situation   The first real democratic election happened in Haiti in 1957. The 1957 election was more democratic than any election in the Haitian history until that point, but the election […]

Elections in Haiti – Hardly a Win for Democracy

Part I: History of Democracy in Haiti Part II: Elections in Haiti Part III: Problems Facing Haitian Implementation of Democracy Part IV: A Comparative Situation   When Charles-Henri Baker, a candidate for presidency in Haiti was interviewed by Miami Herald in 2010, his comment about Haitian democracy was shocking. “Look, go out and vote, don’t […]

The Malaysian Situation

Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Serdeng, once said “Malaysia is among the most malapportioned countries in the world,” and that turned out to be true. Even in countries that are heavily gerrymandered to optimize the government’s demands, such as the case in Georgia, where congressional representatives are distributed unevenly across different geographical regions. […]

Problems with gerrymandering and malapportionent

From the previous installment, we talked about what gerrymandering and malapportionment is. This time, let us talk about why it is harmful to the electoral system.   Before talking about why the practice is harmful, let us introduce first-past-the-post(1PTP) system first. A first-past-the-post system divides an electorate into several single-member districts that elect one legislator […]