I am a facts and data kinda guy. I dispute your claim that several intelligent people could search the internet for the facts about the number of political parties in various countries and come up with vastly different lists! This “assignment” was me “goofing around” like you do. But for the most part, those lists are already compiled. It was a trivial “assignment”.
It’s quite possible that less than intelligent people can fail to successfully perform trivial “assignments”. Even if I was to cut and paste my lists, the idiots in our culture would not believe they were accurate; yet they would refuse to check to see if my data was correct!
I did not argue that “if humans do X, and X is ‘correctly illegal’, then if humans also do Y, then Y must then be illegal.” I am a better writer than that and you are a better reader. My point was, obviously, that just because humans have some tendency [as wanting to belong to clans], that tendency is neither de facto right or wrong. You were stating that it was futile to try to stop humans from creating cartels, because it’s a human tendency. I simply turned your logic around and said that if one human tendency must be allowed, then all human tendencies must be allowed. That is clearly illogical, but it was a refutal of your illogical statement that because humans “always” create groups, those groups must be “legal” and desirable.
It’s difficult to have meaningful debates via text messages.
I’ll go ahead and provide my two lists:
Democracies with more than 2-parties:
Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India,
Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Nepal, the Netherlands,
New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain,
Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia and Ukraine
Democracies with 2-parties:
Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Burma, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chad, Dominica, Gabon, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, USA, Zimbabwe
My non-scientific observation was that the USA stands out in that 2nd list. Without doing any data collection, I suspect the population of the USA is greater than the total of all the other nations in list 2…combined.
Even if I missed a nation or included a nation in the wrong list, it doesn’t change the character of those two lists. It’s clear to me that the USA “fits” in the 1st list.