A Message from Ted Wachtel, BANR Founder and Editor
Make sure you have your volume turned up loud enough to hear the futuristic background music on the EARTH 2050 website, where Brett Hennig—cofounder and director of the Sortition Foundation in the U.K.—predicts the future of citizen’s legislatures.
Hennig wrote as if he were looking back from 2050, telling the history:
Then it happened. After the political crisis in North America in 2039, a couple of U.S. states responded to the crisis by completely replacing their elected legislature with a citizens’ chamber.
First it was Oregon, and then the big one: California. Now, in 2050, some countries have followed suit. Among the early adopters were Belgium and The Netherlands in Europe.
…Slowly, politicians are becoming a thing of the past. They are now commonly seen as a bizarre historical artifact…
The Sortition Foundation is currently campaigning to change Parliament in the U.K. by replacing the House of Lords with a House of Citizens, whose members are selected by sortition. Whilst Hennig and his colleagues realize this is a longterm project, they know that modern democracies cannot continue to disappoint their citizens and survive. They must change.
Read Hennig’s entire prediction here.
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