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Diocletian's Legal Code
Greek Referendum Suspending Institution of Monarchy 1973
Hiram Johnson Election in California 1910
  • Initiatives are the putting on the ballot a bill that is not going through the legislature, perhaps because of "special interests," 
  • Recall is the right to vote out a politician in office, for instance, a politician taking bribes. When the state is perceived to be in danger, the people have the right to vote out by "yes" or "no" a sitting governor, or state official
  • Referendum permits the public to repeal a bill that was passed by the legislature
  • Illegal aliens should be able to get drivers licenses, yes or no
  • Keep the governor, yes or no
  • Keep the bill that the legislature passed on legalized gambling, yes or no
  • "If your politicians are bought off, it gives the people a chance to override them".
  • "In a Republic, the power ultimately resides with the people".
  • This is a checks and balances against corruption.
  • Enough with committees, it is time for action.
  • Referendums end up avoiding the deliberative process of the legislature
  • When we vote people into office, are we voting for them simply to be a voice for the people who voted for them and merely reflect the popular opinion?
  • This can work fine, except if you as a person, do not know what is right
  • You want to want to vote, in a Republic, for the most qualified person, to vote for the general interest, and to be able to know what that is, but you do not want someone who merely reflects the momentary opinion of his constituency
Hitler Referendums
Jacobin Mob Rule
  • Guillotine him or not
Ross Perot's Electronic Town Hall Meetings
  • To let the people decide
Schwarzenegger Referendums
Vox Populi
  • Through its policy of bread and bloody circuses, the oligarchy of ancient Rome created the Roman mob, the "populus" (literally, "predators"), the existence and opinions of which (the "vox populi") then largely determined politics from at least the time of the Caesars onward, as Shakespeare masterfully depicted in his play Julius Caesar.