A real democracy would use sortition

What is sortition? How would it work? Why do we like it? All the answers are here in this short video!

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  • Brett Hennig
    Thanks for the feedback. Although it may seem obvious that selecting randomly may pick some people unsuited to governing, I think there are a several points to argue for it: (i) if the office is voluntary then hopefully only the keen will accept, (ii) if there are large numbers of people (say 500-1000) then a few disruptive, uninterested (etc?) people shouldn’t affect it very much, and (iii) to me the point is to get as wide a diversity as possible, as diversity improves outcomes, according to research by, for example, Scott Page and Helene Landemore. It also gives “voice” to the various segments of society typically excluded from the legislative process. Introducing tests that exclude some people would also, to me, be a violation of equality under sortition, which is the equal probability of being chosen. This is my reasoning! Brett.
  • Sharjil Neshat
    Hi Brett! Great video presentation. I agree with the essential message of the video, and that sortition needs to be reclaimed in order to abolish oligarchy. I disagree with the last minute of your video in which you advocate equal representation and equal outcomes (as attractive that my sound). I prefer choosing candidates based on merit, and via a lottery or sortition. Great video regardless (y) (y).