by David Heekin My old friend Ted Wachtel, when he first approached me to write articles for his “Building a New Reality” website, said I would bring a curmudgeonly perspective to BANR. When I think “curmudgeon,” I think Ambrose Bierce, H. L. Mencken and Andy Rooney, so I guess that puts me in pretty good company. […]
Ted Wachtel responds to David Heekin’s concerns about sortition in his “Pie In The Sky” blog post.
Dear Subscribers: 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 […]
By Kerra L. Bolton When Ted Wachtel, founder of Building a New Reality (BANR), first mentioned “sortition,” I thought he was referring to the magical hat in the Harry Potter novels and movies, used to sort Hogwarts students into their appropriate houses. Turns out sortition is “the use of random selection to populate assemblies or […]
November 29, 2018 Dear Subscriber: It’s about three weeks after the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States. Of course, we Americans made only thoughtful choices in our voting. The hell we did. In our hurried workaday lives, who has time to get to know all these people who are running for all these local, […]
by Ted Wachtel Most people believe that voting is democracy, and that an election is the only way to choose office holders…but they are mistaken. The first democracy in ancient Athens chose only ten percent of their officials by election, selecting the rest by sortition—a lottery, which randomly selected citizens to serve as legislators, jurors, […]