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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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“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/12cm9KW, http://bit.ly/107tsEP, http://bit.ly/10kD782) were chosen. It seems the judges steered away from any proposals for fundamental or structural … Continue reading

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Why Elections are the Problem and How to Make Democracy Real

I hope you will purchase my just-published essay “Why Elections are the Problem and How to Make Democracy Real”. Or cut & paste: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0081H7JVC The essay begins with a short review of how and why elections inherently produce legislatures which … Continue reading

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Wikimania proposal: Why Elections Are The Problem and How to Make Democracy Real

For those of you who use Wikipedia, notice that ‘Wikimania’ will be in Washington 12-15 July. I have just proposed a presentation: “Why Elections Are the Problem and How To Make Democracy Real”. IF YOU ARE GOING or KNOW ANYONE … Continue reading

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Statistical accuracy in using sortition for a Citizen Legislature

You can find lots of FAQs about sortitional selection on the Common Lot website. Here’s one you’ll find this most recent entry (below) at https://thecommonlot.com/node/56 Question: What is the statistical probability that sortition (random selection) will result in an accurate … Continue reading

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What is the statistical probability that sortition will result in an accurate proportional representation?

(thanks to Yoram Gat, statistician) Margin of error is not exactly the right term. ‘Margin of error’ is used when using a proportion in a sample to estimate the proportion in the population. In our case the proportion in the … Continue reading

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List of Goods & Services offered by Common Lot Productions: sortition for a Citizen Legislature

Just posted a new list of goods and services from Common Lot Productions Click to access Items_offered_by_CLP_0.pdf Interest in the use of sortition continues to grow. Help make it happen by supporting our efforts.

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Latest interactive book format

I’m re-writing my unpublished 1987 novel, *The Common Lot*. Maybe it would be a candidate for first fiction in this format (less than six minute TED talk): http://www.ted.com/talks/mike_matas.html

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