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Have a certain proportion of local, state, or federal representative positions selected similar to the jury system, where rather than being elected, a citizen is called to serve.
Mandatory Police Service
Make take on this idea, though not in a political sense. [centauri, Dec 05 2000, last modified Oct 04 2004]
Hegel the prices [Qualiall, Dec 05 2000, last modified Oct 21 2004]
Draft First Term Representatives
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||I think that G.W. Hegel had an idea similar to this--His basic philosophy was that society is progressing and at a certian point all people will be equally qualified to be leaders.
||This has similarities to Heinlen's system in Starship Troopers... except there nobody *must* serve unless they want to be a citizen. Then they are assigned where they are needed.
In any case, one would need adequite background and competence checks. Perhaps a (brace yourself) comitee could do these.
||No... what happens when they pick some fat alcoholic
frickin dub t (see Other:Words:Dub T) hillbilly piece of
trailer trash? What will they do when he wants to wear
his boxers and stained wife beater to the Congress
meetings? And imagine the abuse of his franking
priveleges and congressional immunity? This is why they
have elections, to keep the lower, less intelligent caste
OUT of office!
||This was practiced for certain offices during the "radical democracy" of Athens. Of course women, slaves, foreigners and the poor were excluded from the pool of selection, so what they called radical democracy, we might call the republican party.
||Wow, I had now idea this was here. Related link(ed)
||[Mungo] -- so you attribute the Republican congress to the success of exclusion strategies such as Motor Voter?
||(tc) nah, it's just that as I was going through all the exclusions involved in ancient Athenian democracy I got the eerie sensation that I was detailing the demographics of the republican party.
||These would be for the lower positions only, such as alderman, and city council, right? and from these lower positions, people then continue to VOTE, or otherwise choose qualified people for the higher positions... so the slob in his wife beater becomes an alderman for a few years, and that neighborhood, which is probably where he came from in the first place hate him, and when he tries to become a senator, nobody votes for him, and he goes back to his trailer... unless he actually does good things while he's in office, and maybe buys that nice gray suit, and suddenly everyone thinks he's an upstanding politician.