Sortition insured fair jury for indictment of Texas governor

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/us/with-governors-indictment-scrutiny-of-grand-jury-system.html

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Sortition as a Step Toward Abolishing War

“Steps Toward Abolishing War: Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping and A Two-Legged Democracy”
by David Grant

The Peace Studies Lecture
at Saint Lawrence University
4 November 2013

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Analysis programme BBC R4 24 Feb 2014 – feedback

Interesting that everyday ‘choices’ about schools are seeping into wider population’s understanding about sortition.

Equality by lot

A splendid piece with excellent contributions from Barbara and Peter. (I spoke to the producer and gave him a lot of pointers, but couldn’t do the interview because of a 3-week break in Tenerife)

I was delighted that most of the programme was devoted to lotteries for school and university places. The case for university entrance by lot was well made, as a difficult but inevitable method of choosing between generally well-qualified applicants.

However no mention was made of the highly successful Dutch medical school entry lottery which has stood up very well over the decades. Pity!

Lotteries for school places (seats in the US) produced a less satisfactory result. The obvious fairness of lottery and the unfairness of nearness-to-school were demonstrated.

But the result of using the lottery, especially in Brighton, is deemed ‘unsatisfactory’ because the desired social mixing has not been achieved.

This is entirely predictable, because entry…

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(text) Sortition and Unarmed Peacekeeping as Steps to Abolish War

Steps to Abolish War: Unarmed Peacekeeping and a Two-Legged Democracy

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Steps Toward Abolishing War: Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping and a Two-Legged Democracy (no intro)

Abolition of slavery was once unthinkable. Nonviolent methods are now proven effective. A statistically-representative legislature is not impossible. War can be made unthinkable.

This version has no introduction.

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Steps Toward Abolishing War: Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping and a Two-Legged Democracy

Abolition of slavery was once unthinkable. Nonviolent methods are now proven effective. A statistically-representative legislature is not impossible. War can be made unthinkable.

This version includes a three-minute introduction.

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50-minute video of lecture: “Steps Toward Abolishing War: Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping and a Two-Legged Democracy

Steps Toward Abolishing War: Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping and a Two-Legged Democracy (no intro) from David Grant on Vimeo.

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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

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“Looking at Democracy” contest overlooks sortition

The “Looking at Democracy” contest chose its winners last week. You can view them by clicking here
Unfortunately none of my three video entries promoting sortition (http://bit.ly/12cm9KWhttp://bit.ly/107tsEPhttp://bit.ly/10kD782) were chosen. It seems the judges steered away from any proposals for fundamental or structural change. 
 
My plans now are to continue on the journey I started in the mid-1980’s when I wrote The Common Lot as a novel (as yet unpublished) with the premise of what it would be like to have a sortitionally-chosen legislative jury of ordinary citizens. Since then I’ve written other versions and two screenplays. I will focus now on producing one of those scripts.
I dearly want to instigate a broad review of what makes a democracy real. Should any of you want to join in the pursuit of producing or supporting my feature film, please contact me.
 
In the meantime, my 10,000 word essay, “Why Elections Are the Problem and How to Make Democracy Real” is available on Amazon Kindle. It usually sells for $2.99 but, until midnight EDT (0400 GMT), Monday, 24 June it is available for free. Click here to download the essay for free.  [I can also send a PDF. For that, contact me directly.]
 

 

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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
https://vimeo.com/110038574

Making Democracy Real – The argument for legislative juries
http://lookingatdemocracy.org/submissions/14951-making-democracy-real-th…

Making Democracy Reality
http://lookingatdemocracy.org/submissions/15129-making-democracy-reality

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