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Monday, November 02, 2009

The Senate embodies no rational philosophy of governance, and has a completely irrational electoral system. There is no representational philosophy that would legitimate apportioning the most powerful legislators in the country according to arbitrary and widely disparate numbers of voters, representing arbitrary tracts of land that owe their boundaries to the whims of land granters centuries ago. The fact that there are two senators each from North Dakota, Delaware, Texas and California is flat-out insane. The Senate was a compromise solution intended to accomplish certain goals in 1789. Those goals have long become irrelevant, and the unintended consequences have overwhelmed the institution.
The Economist climbs aboard the Diminish-the-Senate Express. (via Srinivas)