This is my response to http://democracyjournal.org/arguments/ranked-choice-voting-is-not-the-solution/ and to all others who belittle the idea of voting-system reform and call it technical meddling or tweaking.
The piece is in deep error where it mentions “technique” and “technical meddling”. Technique is about different ways to achieve the same result. For example, whether I strip my deck with high-pressure water or rotating brushes, the result is the same, a stripped deck. The difference between “first past the post” (FPTP, the current system in the US) voting and Range Voting is not that they are “techniques” to put the same person in office. They elect different people. The move from one to another would amount to regime change. It would be more effective than getting money out of politics, and would reach farther than the change did from absolute monarchy to the state of the US when it was at its most democratic to date (whenever that might have been).
By referring to voting-system reform as “technical meddling”, the author participates in a pernicious conspiracy (in effect, even if the members don’t literally “breathe together”) to deny me my right of democracy. In a representative republic, my right to democracy implies I have a right to equal influence to that of each other voter, in regards to who wins office. FPTP, promoted by this author, denies my right the respect it deserves. I am angry at those who deny me this right. Here is a line of reasoning about how to test for democracy in a voting system: http://wp.me/p23U97-e2