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Who knows ? the swiss aren't the most elightened or liberal electorate out there, there was one canton that didn't even allow women to vote till 1990. So using "reasonable" arguments to create popular support racist policies is entirely possible.

You might argue that the price of liberalism is eternal vigilance.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Sep 7th, 2007 at 10:41:53 AM EST
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Helen, that with the women's vote is not quite correct. In 1971 all Swiss women received the right to vote on a federal level. Only in the canton of Appenzell Innerroden, the right to vote on a cantonal and community level was rejected - but they could vote on the federal level.

One of the reasons it took so long for the Swiss women to get the right to vote was that it needed a constitutional change. Before that the right to vote was connected to doing duty in the military service. Now, of course it could have been able to say women have to do military service to. But then again we would have had again a system that would not have allowed voting to every Swiss citizen. And as constitutional changes have to be voted on by the people, as usual it took a while.

by Fran on Sat Sep 8th, 2007 at 11:31:29 AM EST
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