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  •  The origin of oligarchy is voting (3+ / 0-)
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    This was understood by the founding fathers of democracy, the Ancient Greeks.  That's why the selected membership in key governmental subgroups and committees by sortition, i.e. lottery.

    Administration of a government and the dispensation of justice require expertise and professions dedicated to them.  The representation of a people and crafting the broad outlines of legislation does not.  We should be selecting our representatives by lottery.  When you elect your representation, you open the door for it to be pushed around by economic powers, dynastic powers, indeed any form of social power wielded to a greater extent by some than by others.

    Perhaps what we need is not a constitutional right to vote, but a constitutional right guaranteeing the representativeness of our legislature.  Selecting our representatives by lottery achieves that in a way that elections never could.

    From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. -Immanuel Kant

    by Nellebracht on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 11:37:30 PM PST

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