Post number 640

John Brown, Baltimore
unemployed, age: 20 - 30 years
libertarian-communist
  Really cool !!
21-Nov-2006 8:39 pm

Rethinking Modern Democracy

Democracy by Random Selection not Elections

Until the 19th Century, democracy was associated with selection of offices by lottery, not election. Lottery is ultimately fair and egalitarian, allowing everyone to participate who so wishes, merely by putting one's name in the pool of candidates. Modern methods of statistical science allows us also to create social administrative bodies that are representative of the population. In Cottrell and Cockschott's Towards a New Socialism, they recommend that referenda be combined with functionally-specific administrations of officers selected by lot to create a free, democratic society.