Friday, March 11, 2011

Political Evolution by Means of Random Selection

Ever wonder why there is so much apathy, cynicism, decay about politics? Could it be that the apathy and cynicism comes from within and that this is part of the decay?

Political systems often seem to act as a magnet for self-seekers and careerists - with minds focussed on their own narrow agenda - while the rest of us are content to remain on the outside, resigned to defeat or at least to the idea that you just can't win. And this state of affairs prevails no matter how much we try to perfect the mechanisms with PR, devolution, quotas, etc.

So what if parliament and similar institutions that govern were randomly selected? This is the suggestion of a group of IgNobel Prize winning political scientists. Voting could become like doing the lottery - if it's not already. It Could Be You!
Interestingly, random selection is not a new idea in democracies. For example, in the ancient Athenian democracy of the 6th century BC, drawing lots was the primary way of appointing officials. - Technology ReviewWhy Randomly-Selected Politicians Would Improve Democracy

We think this is an intriguing idea and offer it to our readers to make up their minds as to whether it could work or not. Think about it for a minute. Would it not eliminate cronyism, careerism and a whole lot of other such manifestations that plague various political systems - even those that have evolved differently? Read more ...

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