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- n. A system for multiple parties wherein each has some control over the actions of each of the others.
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"They must be special — Si's checks and balances are really very good, and the CIA's, but we've never had a whiff of Sevrin before, not a jot or a tittle."
March 21, to George Abbey, director of Flight Crew Operations, JSC:I think I understand that we have a system of very complex information flow and a system that you’ve devised with checks and balances to make sure that information flow properly gets to the right people.
All of its elaborate machinery-its separation of powers and checks and balances and federalist principles and Bill of Rights-are designed to force us into a conversation, a “deliberative democracy” in which all citizens are required to engage in a process of testing their ideas against an external reality, persuading others of their point of view, and building shifting alliances of consent.