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8-29-2011 @ 5:07AM
In theory all democracy should be meritocracies then - we always try to vote for who we think would be the best leader by some standard. Whether that standard is "shares my morals", "doesn't impose her morals on me" or "makes the best tinker shinies" is really beside the point. The gnomes are definitely a form of democracy, their particular choice of metric by which to evaluate candidates is just a bit unusual - but that is a consequence of their culture.I imagine if there was ever a geek utopia founded where only FSF approved software licenses were valid and only programmers (of the original meaning of the word "hacker" variety) could get citizenship - then it would operate in much the same way as the gnome society does.
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