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Sortition related discussion, news and activism
Sortition related discussion, news and activism

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The following op-ed by Yves Patte, sociologist and community organizer, was published on the Belgian website La Libre (original in France, my translation). Are “citizen” parties for real? A few months before the elections, have you noticed how at some…
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In an article in The Washington Post, James Miller, professor of politics at the New School for Social Research, enumerates 5 myths about democracy. Here is myth #2: Myth No. 2: Democracy is about electing representatives In 2004, Stanford political…
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Good interview of David Van Reybrouck by Chris Hedges, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who writes for Truth Dig and has a show on RT. Chris Hedges: “Aristotle would I think have defined our democracy as an oligarchy.” David Van Reybrouck: “For a…
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A recent article in L’Obs deals with the internal government of the French Left party La France insoumise (France Uprising). La France insoumise has employed sortition to select some of the delegates to its convention. The original in French is here. My…
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Charlie Pache, a Swiss sortition activist, has a recent TEDx talk titled Make democracy great again in which he offers his audience a system of single-issue allotted citizen panels.
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What is sortition? A way to select. This method uses chance instead of voting – which is the way used in an electoral system – to designate rulers or to decide on a precise issue. How does it work in practice? For example, to designate a moderator we cast…
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The following essay, dated June 14, was published in the online publication Contrepoints, which is published by the Liberaux organization. The essay was written by Michel Quatrevalet, who is described thus: Holding a B.Sc. in electrical engineering,…
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Stephen Unger, formerly a professor of engineering at Columbia university has a short article proposing sortition as a replacement to elections with a few points worth discussing: Randomization: Great care should be taken to ensure that the selection…
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There’s a spectre haunting Europe … and the rest of the Western world. We have elaborate ‘diversity’ programs in good upper-middle-class places to prevent discrimination against all manner of minorities (and majorities like women). It’s a fine thing. But…
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Pierre Etienne Vandamme of Catholic University of Louvain writes [original in French, my translation]: Why do we feel poorly represented? It is partly as you said. The politicians, the elected tend to resemble each other. Certainly, they come from a…
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