Monthly Archives: March 2018

The Common Lot: A Novel

The first randomly-selected representatives of the Citizen House convenes. But just because it is proportionally representative of all willing and able citizens does not mean that these new representatives are well-suited. The only reason that Cathy Gresham has accepted her … Continue reading

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Why Elections Are the Problem and How to Make Democracy Real (annotated)

Representative democracy is in crisis. Legislatures do not accurately reflect all sectors of society. Ordinary citizens should have more say than merely pulling a ballot lever once every few years. A government that is merely ‘for’ the people is not … Continue reading

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Next Step for Democracy

NEXT STEP FOR DEMOCRACY (a short comedic educational stage play) Marisa, Alma, Sami, and Ali live in a city embroiled in conflict and violence — the Regime, the Opposition, the Opposition to the Opposition. When the fighting stops, they ask … Continue reading

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Democracy at Random (screenplay)

DEMOCRACY AT RANDOM (road trip screenplay) Two citizens are chosen as representatives to the first randomly-selected legislature. One is angry, black, male, privileged and crippled. The other is naïve, white, poor, female and lively. This odd couple embarks on a … Continue reading

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Random Takes Off

RANDOM TAKES OFF (political action screenplay) What if we selected representatives the way the first democracy did? The way we choose juries? In this screenplay one of the five hundred chosen for the first Citizen Legislature is a farm boy, … Continue reading

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The Fight for Random – screenplay

Ethnically shape-shifting Stride and his ragtag bunch of Peace Parasites nonviolently fight against the moneyed powers-that-be to make democracy real. It takes a solar-powered blimp, time travel, levitation, a soulful blues band on a river barge, and a passel of … Continue reading

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Eight choices

The Fight for Random – wild magical realist screenplay Random Takes Off – political action drama screenplay Democracy at Random – road trip screenplay Random Takes Baltimore – municipal version of “Takes Off” screenplay Next Step for Democracy – a … Continue reading

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