Tuesday, August 18th, 2009, at 10:28 pm
Self-enforcing protocols are safer than other types because participants don’t gain an advantage from cheating. Modern voting systems are rife with the potential for cheating, but an open show of hands in a room — one that everyone in the room can count for himself — is self-enforcing.
This is exactly why I believe Vermont’s ‘town meeting day’ style of democracy is so successful. People are far less corrupt when they are held accountable by their peers/neighbors.
(via daring fireball)