Once upon a time, constituencies were clearly defined. Citizens were born, lived and died in the same village. The city elders knew the names of all, and you couldn’t as much as twitch a muscle without your neighbour catching on.
Yet back in the days, far flung colonies fought for representation in parliaments across the oceans. It only seemed fair, seeing they were also contributing in the common effort by submitting their taxes. The lack of parliamentary representation led to revolutions, and later even wars.
Now while this blog is non-violet in nature, it wonders today:
Why is it, that ‘no taxation without representation’ no longer fully applies in today’s democracies?
Why is it, that thousands of inhabitants may pay for roads and schools and public services, but have no say in where or whether these roads should be built? Because as a non-citizen, you may pay taxes. But very often, you may not vote.
Think about it – it’s baffling.