Lottocracy

lottocracy1Thought it might be interesting to offer up some of the proposed alternatives to the democratic political systems currently in place (wake up!). Alternative forms of political structures have long fascinated me and it’s good to know that alternatives albeit mostly untried wait in the wings though heaven knows it would take the total collapse of our present system (*whistles in the dark*) before any of them were tried.

Lottocracy is a variation of Demarchy where elections, politicians and civil servants are replaced by a form of jury service for political office (I describe it far too simplistically no doubt). The case for Demarchy is  put here by John Burnheim:

“The most common complaint against contemporary liberal democracies is the remoteness of the decision-makers from those affected by decisions…

The attempt to give more power to the people ends in tyranny over the people just as the attempt to exclude tyranny keeps the people from exercising power in the things that matter most…

Whilst Lottocracy is fleshed out by L.León here

I’ll share a few more in future blog posts (admit it, you can’t wait can you?)

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2 thoughts on “Lottocracy

  1. Interesting. Ages ago when I was in secondary school, the head decided to choose the Head Girl by random selection from anyone who was prepared to do it. Previously it had always been done by a vote but I think there had been some drama or unpleasantness the previous year, so she and the Deputy and the Prefects were decided at random.

    But afterwards it was judged to be a massive success and not only did the people chosen take on their roles with enthusiasm and have new ideas (because they weren’t the usual types who got the roles I suppose) but there was no bitterness about who was doing the jobs or moaning about them (well, very little). They carried on doing it for a couple of years I believe but then someone got chosen who made a bodge job of it and they stopped.

    It’s hard to believe it could be any worse than the system we have at the moment.

    Not that I know anything about any of this really. But so much money is wasted on electioneering and the parties are all much the same anyway.

    • Hi RB -that seems to at least partly support such an approach if applied to politics although I believe one of the stated requirements of Lottocracy is that those that are chosen must not want the job so it is much more akin to getting called for jury service. The fact that those called to serve are not elected and have no prospect of needing to ingratiate themselves to be re-elected should remove some of what we see in many so called democracies where laws are perhaps passed primarily to save collective political careers or with an eye to any future election. The untried alternatives fascinate me.

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