continued from here
with this post by bagkitty brought over
....have been following this thread for quite a while, and while it is really long on practical models, it is really short on what I would consider principles.
Almost everyone seems to be taking it as a given that representation should be based (even proportionately) along status quo lines, haven't seen much being said about the principle of representation by population. You know, the value of one vote should be roughly equivalent to the value of a vote in another region. Yes, it is opening another can or worms, but the distortions under the present system are not all resolved by distributing the goodies amongst the parties differently. I would love to see a principled debate based on the premise of all votes being equal, coast to coast to coast. How about we express a little concern for fairness in more than the final seat count.