Why Elections Are the Problem and How to Make Democracy Real

Representative democracy is in crisis. Legislatures do not accurately reflect all sectors of society. Ordinary citizens should have more say than merely pulling a ballot lever once every few years.

A government that is merely ‘for’ the people is not any longer good enough. It is time to institute a government that is also ‘by’ and ‘of’ the people.

The original Athenian democracy used a method altogether different than elections to select its officials. They used the system now used to select citizens for jury duty.

Text of "Steps Toward Abolishing War…"

TEXT WITH VISUALS for the lecture: "Steps Toward Abolishing War: Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping and A Two-Legged Democracy" (video, following item)
by David Grant

The Peace Studies Lecture
at Saint Lawrence University
4 November 2013

Towards a Two-Legged Democracy: A Trilogy

These three, stylistically different, 3-minute shorts were created for the Looking at Democracy contest.

Towards a Two-Legged Democracy

Making Democracy Real – The argument for legislative juries

Making Democracy Reality

The question is: How to support lobbyists for “Government By the People”?

In my previous blog I talked about how to support advocates (the nice word for lobbyists) for a government by the people. Here's the link to that blog

The Common Lot: Take Off...

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The Common Lot: Part 1

Watch "The Common Lot: Part 1"-- a 30-minute video using docu-drama, expert testimony and random interviews to investigate the pros and cons of using sortition to choose the legislative branch.

Interview with Professor Donald Kraybill

View this short (4'40") interview with Professor Donald Kraybill on how and why the Amish have used sortition for several hundred years.