Comment: Thanks for the word: Sortition

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Thanks for the word: Sortition

I've had the idea of using random selection in various ways (to combat problems such as voter apathy because there's too many voters so your vote doesn't hardly count so why bother really learning which candidate is best, and such as the tendency for those who lust for power and are most likely to abuse it being the ones who seek it and thereby end up in positions of power). But I didn't know there was a word for such random selection.

"You don't know what a democracy is"

To be fair I think you would have to say "You don't know what a democracy was". (The meaning of words changes over time, and unfortunately it's futile to fight it.)

It's funny though -- look at the wikipedia entry for democracy: "Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy allows people to participate equally -- either directly or through elected representatives -- in the proposal, development, and creation of laws." It's immediately obvious that that definition is self-contradictory unless you either accept an Animal Farm definition of "equal" such that "all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives but politicians have a more equal say", or you accept that only politicians are "eligible citizens". With random selection, while you may not be exactly equal, you are (if you are an "eligible citizen") at least probabilistically equal.

Anyways, I'm now "stalking you" (reading your old posts). (Found another word: ochlocracy) I don't necessarily agree with everything you say, but your posts 1) say some stuff I haven't read before and 2) aren't idiotic -- which is sadly a rare combination so when I find it I like to throw it against my brain and see what sticks. (It's too bad so many people on this site just vote down without a thought anything that doesn't coincide with their flavor of dogma.)