Monday, 13 July 2015

The Great Elector as heresthetician

When you have the councillors vote, then see to it that you start from the bottom, and not from the top, since the great authority of the senior councillors may prevent the junior ones from expressing their ideas or speaking freely, because they are often put through the wringer or interrupted by the more senior ones.

From the Great Elector of Prussia's political testament, 1672. Confer the literature on cascades and sequential voting.