Can this feature of the early US stand the test of time?
It may seem like this discussion of the electoral college is ill-timed considering the last presidential election happened over a year ago at this point and the next one is nearly three years away, but if I’m honest, we didn’t really want to talk about it during or right after the last election because we were all pretty weary of politics at the time. However, we’ve had ample time to recover by diving into some of philosophy’s deepest caves, and we feel rejuvenated enough to attempt to explore this complex, often heated issue.
As with any great topic, there are people on both sides with varying reasons for holding the position they do. Some want to keep the E.C. as an homage to the founding fathers. Others think that it better distributes campaign resources and time to cover a more diverse subset of the populous along with a half dozen other reasons. On the opposite side, you have people wanting to get rid of it because they see it as undemocratic, some who think it gives an unfair advantage to states with smaller populations, and still others who want to get rid of it simply for the fact that it’s convoluted.
We cover all of that in this episode and quite possibly come to a solution…maybe…