The important thing about the electoral college is not that it’s in the Constitution, or that the so-called “founding fathers” thought it was swell. The important thing to know is that it is a byproduct of the fact the framers of the Constitution recognized the United States was a collection of diverse and independent states which could only be held together in the long term by a system that offered both large and small states a chance at power-sharing.
In spite of the fact the Left (probably) won the 2020 election, we’re still hearing calls for the abolition of the electoral college. If successful, this could lead to one-party rule for the Democrats and accelerate national division. National division, conflict, and de facto separation is the likely prognosis for the United States in any case, but abolition of the electoral college could accelerate a more chaotic and acrimonious separation.
Tho Bishop and I discuss some recent developments in this debate in this week’s episode of Radio Rothbard:4:25 pm on December 10, 2020 Email Ryan McMaken