Monthly Archives: November 2010

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

I’ve added FAQs to http://www.TheCommonLot.com … which, in my humble opinion, unassailably make the case for sortition as the means to establish a ‘government BY the people’. (It can be said that we already have a government ‘of’ the people … Continue reading

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What are the philosophical antecedants for a sortitionally-chosen legislature?

Antecedents go back at least to the first democrats of Athens who wished, by using the lot, to avoid factional domination. Here are a few others to begin with: “…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are … Continue reading

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When and where has proportional representation been instituted?

The definition of ‘proportional representation’ is contested. Variants include Mixed-member, Partly-list, Single transferable vote, Cumulative voting and others. None of these are intended to extend to a random selection of citizens in order to select a representative sample of the … Continue reading

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When and where has sortitional selection been used?

Sortitional selection was a central and defining feature of the first Athenian democracy. It was used to select both legislative and administrative functions. There were also a small number of meritocratic elective offices, particularly for the military and the treasury. … Continue reading

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What about ‘the lot’ next door?

If you are concerned about your neighbor’s lot (yard, home, acreage … not, that is, his or her well-being) see http://www.seeclickfix.com/

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Next Generation Democracy: What the Open-Source Revolution Means for Power, Politics and Change

The challenges of the twenty-first century are of an unprecedented scale. Climate change, financial instability, the housing crisis, the need for health care—all of these are political issues that could be managed with ease if they were occurring on a … Continue reading

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