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Democracy at Random (screenplay)

DEMOCRACY AT RANDOM (road trip screenplay) Two citizens are chosen as representatives to the first randomly-selected legislature. One is angry, black, male, privileged and crippled. The other is naïve, white, poor, female and lively. This odd couple embarks on a … Continue reading

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Random Takes Off

RANDOM TAKES OFF (political action screenplay) What if we selected representatives the way the first democracy did? The way we choose juries? In this screenplay one of the five hundred chosen for the first Citizen Legislature is a farm boy, … Continue reading

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The Fight for Random – screenplay

Ethnically shape-shifting Stride and his ragtag bunch of Peace Parasites nonviolently fight against the moneyed powers-that-be to make democracy real. It takes a solar-powered blimp, time travel, levitation, a soulful blues band on a river barge, and a passel of … Continue reading

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Eight choices

The Fight for Random – wild magical realist screenplay Random Takes Off – political action drama screenplay Democracy at Random – road trip screenplay Random Takes Baltimore – municipal version of “Takes Off” screenplay Next Step for Democracy – a … Continue reading

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Sortition in eight flavors

I am publishing four screenplays, a short stage play, a long essay, a novella and a novel – all envisioning the pros and cons of using sortition (random selection) to ensure more accurately representative legislatures. The genres run from wild … Continue reading

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“On the Citizen House: A Disquisitional Fiction” by David Grant

On the Citizen House: A Disquisitive Fiction is a novella of ideas in the form of socratic dialogue wrapped up in a road trip. Formatted as a proto-screenplay, description is sparse, characterization thin. Dialogue and visuals dominate. The Citizen House … Continue reading

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Democracy in the 21st Century

In December 2015 I attended “Democracy in the 21st Century”, an international conference at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina —the library on the site of the iconic ancient one of Alexandria, Egypt. The challenges facing our planet require that the practice of … Continue reading

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Irish Constitutional Convention was selected via sortition

The Irish vote for marriage equality started at a constitutional convention. The convention was selected by sortition — by random selection … ensuring dispassionate, informed deliberation by statistically-representative citizenry.

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Sortition to choose citizen jury to blacklist corrupt politicians in South Korea elections

In the new book by Shaazke Beyerle, Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice, a randomly chosen group of regular citizens — from a matrix reflecting the whole population — served as a ‘citizen jury’ that confirmed results of an … Continue reading

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“J’ai pas voté” (I didn’t vote) – 46 minute video

This is a well produced video — with many graphics — assessing the current crisis in politics from the French perspective. Sortition is proposed as a solution. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzcN-0Bq1cw&list=PLBC0c3-Df5twj6_tS0FO64Xl66xjkqVPo

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