What is it about?
The article critiques the two-option nature of the 2014 Scottish referendum; after all, the (simple or weighted) binary vote is the most ancient and most inaccurate measure of collective opinion ever invented.
Why is it important?
Binary voting is divisive, adversarial, and in the worst case scenarios, it can be a cause of war. In regard to the 2014 referendum, the word "Scotland" was quoted in Donetsk, at the time of that region's growing separatism. And "all the wars in the former Yugoslavia started with a referendum," (Oslobodjenje, 7.2.1999).
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