Re: POLI: Random democracy

The Low Golden Willow (
Fri, 21 Feb 1997 13:40:04 -0800 (PST)

} (Robin Hanson) writes:
} >You could now run for office on a platform that if elected, you will
} >replace yourself with a randomly selected member of your electorate.
} >Since people do not now run on such platforms, I suspect that voters
} >do not in fact trust such a random person to do as well. Also, voters

I'm not sure the benefit would work at this scale. Between limited
choice of your representative, and _one_ random person from your
district, I'm not sure which is the rational choice. Statistics work
best on a large scale.

Tribalism, public good problems, and the general trend to entropy seem
to be the more annoying parts of the universe.

Re: sunset/forest fire: the Voiting Rights Act of 1965 requires periodic

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