Ted Wachtel responds to David Heekin’s concerns about sortition in his “Pie In The Sky” blog post.
by Ted Wachtel James Surowiecki wrote the book on large group decision-making. In The Wisdom of Crowds, named “Best Business Book of 2004” by both Forbes and BusinessWeek, he argues that large groups of ordinary people—given the right conditions—make better decisions than experts. He describes the surprising wisdom of large groups, starting with the famous […]
by Ted Wachtel Many people believe the current system of government and elections is broken. Perhaps we can fix democracy with more democracy. To learn how, please watch the video or read the text below the video. VIDEO TEXT: In the original democracy in ancient Athens, Greece, most public officials were not elected. Instead, they were selected […]
By Ted Wachtel Alexander Guerrero concept of “lottocracy” proposes a series of single-issue legislatures focusing on different areas—agriculture, consumer protection, defense, education, environmental protection, financial services regulation, healthcare, tax policy—rather than trying to deal with all of those areas in a traditional general legislature. The 300 legislators in each single-issue legislature would be randomly selected […]
A frequently mentioned innovation to improve government is to select public officials randomly by lottery from among the citizens—called sortition. Athens, the original democracy, selected 90 percent of its public officials by sortition, not election, thereby ensuring true representation of its citizens. American and British courts have sustained the Athenian tradition by selecting jury members randomly from the tax rolls.
Lee Atwater, dying of cancer, apologized for attack ads and political warfare that pressure good people to abandon public service to those with thicker skins and harder hearts. Sadly, voters around the world have come to believe that political party warfare is a necessary evil in selecting public officials—a method that might best be called “selection by combat.