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Why Randomly Selected Politicians Would Improve Democracy

“Their counterintuitive conclusion is that randomly selected legislators always improves the performance of parliament and that it is possible to determine the optimal number of independents at which a parliament works best.” https://www.technologyreview.com/s/423251/why-randomly-selected-politicians-would-improve-democracy/ From the MIT Technology Review of March 9, … Continue reading

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Random Takes Baltimore – ebook free

“FREE as e-book from 12-16 April, Thursday through Monday RANDOM TAKES BALTIMORE Hoping to be a forerunner of the Next Step For Democracy, Baltimore chooses its city council by random selection. The fifteen new council members must struggle to maintain … Continue reading

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Random Takes Off – e-book free

From Sunday through Thursday, 8-12 April 2018, available as a FREE e-book . RANDOM TAKES OFF screenplay What if we selected legislative representatives the way we choose juries? In this screenplay two ‘ordinary citizens’ enter the first randomly chosen Citizen … Continue reading

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Random Takes Baltimore (screenplay)

RANDOM TAKES BALTIMORE imagines a political option for the not-too-distant future. Hoping to be a forerunner in assuring that its city council be as statistically representative of the population as possible, the city of Baltimore chooses its city council by … Continue reading

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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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