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    • Hans-Ulrich Iselon
    • 04.02.13 | 10:27 (IST)

    Your comparison of the US two party system and the multi-party system in Israel is particularly interesting for me as a Swisd citizen, living in a country where changing the light bulb is open to discusssions over whether if it is socially and economically correct to buy the bulb in a supermarket or in a small store, whether it is still ecologically acceptable to use bulbs that are not based on LED technology and, finally, whether the current to light the bulb is from renewable energy sources. So, the Swiss would agree with you. The system works in Switzerland because we live in a small country, cultivating a mixture of minority complexes and moral superiority, and being afraid of potent neighbours. However, the problem is quite different for the US. This is a huge country, with a multiethnic population. In order to guaranter national unity, diversity of political formations has to be kept at a strict minimum and the two party system, combined with some autonomy for the different states, is the only way to avoid the autocratic, monolithic systems we see in Russis and China. So, while countries like Switzerland and Israel may be strong in terms of economic competitivity and technological innovation, their ways of deciding on light bulbs or finding political solutions are not ready for exportation.

    from the article: Does the Israeli electoral system violate Jewish law?
    First published 09:51 03.02.13 | Last updated 09:51 03.02.13
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