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OBIT is sponsoring a debate on voting and it's pluses and minuses. So far we have a few people on the pro-voting side, including Mike Connolly who is running for state rep and Jeremy Stark who developed generalwill.org. We are still in the planning stages, but hope to have an hour long debate. Ideally we would like to have three people on each side of the issue. This will likely be filmed either to broadcast on OBTV or for the YouTube page. I am looking for a place and we need to get a diverse group of people to argue both sides of the issue. If any people can recommend someone who would like to discuss either side, we are going for three vs. three for about an hourlong debate in early September, possibly in Arlington or at the Brookline Public access station. If anyone has some ideas let me know so I can start contacting people.
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Some people are strongly against electoral politics; while others feel that the electorial system can be a way to effect positive change. There's also a third position - that we should have discussions about horizontal democracy, rather than a debate on electorial politics.
What do you think? And why?