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Voting undermines the will of the people – it's time to replace it with sortition | Tim Dunlop

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Our representative form of government divides us but installing ordinary people at the heart of power would be transformative In his new book The Future of Everything: Big audacious ideas for a better world, the author Tim Dunlop examines the vast technological shifts reshaping our world and considers how we use these shifts to create a better quality of life for all. He explores how the media, wealth creation, work, education and – in this edited extract – the way we are governed could be transformed.If we want to fix the way our governments work, the first thing we should do is replace voting with sortition in at least some of our governing bodies. Sortition means to choose – to “sort” – by the use of lots; that is, by random sample, like the method we use to choose jurors for a court case. Instead of voting for members of parliament or congress, we should choose at least some of them randomly. It is the most straightforward way of enabling ordinary citizens to participate in the running of their country, and the effect it would have on politics and government would be transformative. Continue reading...

Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/14/voting-undermines-the-will-of-the-people-its-time-to-replace-it-with-sortition
Author : Tim Dunlop
Publish date : 2018-10-14 01:29:32
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