It's Old. Demarchy.Submitted by goldenequity on Wed, 07/17/2013 - 09:11
Demarchy... (Athenian Democracy)
Premise: American democracy has devolved into an oligarchy.
►The Athenians cured the disease of oligarchy by randomly choosing (lottery) their public officials and submitting legislation to popular vote.
We see the same idea in the 18th century in the writings of Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu:
“The suffrage by lot is natural to democracy, as that by choice is to aristocracy”
Almost all Greek writers who mention democracy (including Aristotle, Plato and Herodotus) emphasize both:
►the role of selection by lot and/or
►declare outright that being allotted is more democratic than elections.
►Today we define oligarchy as simply “the rule of the few,” but that’s only the symptom; the Greeks understood that the disease was the delegation of political power through elections.
Demarchy (or lottocracy) is a form of government in which the state is governed by randomly selected decision makers who have been selected by sortition (lot) from a broadly inclusive pool of eligible citizens. These groups, sometimes termed “policy juries”, “citizens’ juries”, or “consensus conferences”, deliberately make decisions about public policies in much the same way that juries decide criminal cases.
Demarchy, in theory, could overcome some of the functional problems of conventional representative democracy, which is widely subject to manipulation by special interests..
Pros/Cons... sure there is..
Article at Washightonsblog: