Monthly Archives: February 2012

Right-wing conservative proposal to use sortition

Coming from the right-wing in Texas, interesting to see they suggest using sortition to select a ‘super grand jury’ for the sake of, possibly, resisting federal enforcement of what any citizen might want to declare as unconstitutional. http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/10th-amendment-commission/comment-page-1/ In the … Continue reading

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One of the concerns expressed about a legislature that is “BY” the people is that ‘the people’ would easily be corrupted and bribed. I don’t think the statistics have changed that much since this 2007 article. http://harpers.org/archive/2007/09/hbc-90001300 Using sortition to … Continue reading

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One of the impe…

One of the impediments to instituting sortitional selection is, I believe, the *dispassionate* nature of the proposal. ┬áIt is such a rational and egalitarian idea that I don’t see it igniting the fire of emotional conviction that seems to accompany … Continue reading

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