Tag: demarchy

Bingo

A science blog I like to read published a post of interest to me this week showing the bonuses to democracy if our legislators were chosen at random. This is a subject I am very interested in because it is one of the only systems that we could employ in order to ensure that our legislators do not become a carefully groomed breed of absurdly rich, created in order to benefit their peers while the workers of the world suffer a gradual grinding into dust. If we were given a chance to run our own lives, we could make this world a better place; a place made for the betterment of all our sisters and brothers. Not only does this ring true in our hearts when we look at the world the ultra-rich have created for themselves at our expense – but science is showing us that it makes sense as well!

While the article reference at this blog says that a combination of elected officials and randomly selected citizens is the most efficient, my reading suggests this is mostly as a precaution against rocking the boat too much against the interests that have controlled society for far too long. Sure, this combination shows benefits to our society and would be a big improvement over the system as it currently stands, but as leftists we want to entirely reshape this world – not merely improve the efficiency of the one we have.

Furthermore this article only considers a two-party system, which we have already seen for centuries – leaves a lot to be desired. It is a perfect design for choking off real change. Do away with so-called ‘parties’ and team-politics and instead have a body of people interested in furthering the interests of their respective communities and amazing things will happen.

Feb 9

You Could Be Our Lucky Winner!

by fwoan | Comments Off
cathyse97 via flickr
cathyse97 via flickr

Our government does not represent us. The politicians may speak endlessly of mandates from the people, or that their elections are messages by the electorate demanding the ever more repressive policies they introduce – but it’s demonstrably false. Voter turnout is always low, and polling nearly always shows that popular opinion is against federal opinion. We have wars that no one wants, drugs policies nobody obeys, ever dwindling services that people want and need. AT this point is it even a surprise that Congressional approval rates are at 5%, with only 1% rating them as “excellent”? Of course the 1% love them. But now, polling shows that people would rather have their representatives chosen at random than the sociopathic millionaires they have today! Sounds awesome, sign me up.
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