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About Common Lot Sortitionist

Former public television producer-director; initiating culminating career, Common Lot Productions, towards policy-making bodies that are of, BY and for the people.

Steps Toward Abolishing War: Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping and a Two-Legged Democracy

Abolition of slavery was once unthinkable. Nonviolent methods are now proven effective. A statistically-representative legislature is not impossible. War can be made unthinkable. This version includes a three-minute introduction.

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“Looking at Democracy” contest overlooks sortition

The “Looking at Democracy” contest chose its winners last week. You can view them by clicking here.  Unfortunately none of my three video entries promoting sortition (,, were chosen. It seems the judges steered away from any proposals for fundamental or structural … Continue reading

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Vote for sortition at the Looking at Democracy contest

Please vote for one of my entries to the Looking at Democracy contest Click to see: Towards a Two-Legged Democracy Making Democracy Real – The argument for legislative juries Making Democracy Reality Each is near the 3-minute maximum allowed by … Continue reading

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Raising funds to enter the “Looking at Democracy” contest

I am trying to raise $1,000 (by 28 April) to make a short video to enter MacArthur Foundation”s ” Looking At Democracy” contest. Please CONTRIBUTE AT: Thank you.

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Auctioning ‘script to change history’

Sometimes it takes a little chutzpah to move things along. I am auctioning on Ebay my hand-annotated edited print-out of The Common Lot Fights for Random. short URL is

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Why Elections are the Problem and How to Make Democracy Real

I hope you will purchase my just-published essay “Why Elections are the Problem and How to Make Democracy Real”. Or cut & paste: The essay begins with a short review of how and why elections inherently produce legislatures which … Continue reading

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Wikimania proposal: Why Elections Are The Problem and How to Make Democracy Real

For those of you who use Wikipedia, notice that ‘Wikimania’ will be in Washington 12-15 July. I have just proposed a presentation: “Why Elections Are the Problem and How To Make Democracy Real”. IF YOU ARE GOING or KNOW ANYONE … Continue reading

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