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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I really like the idea of a lottery system. With a few simple requirements, this could work.

    Of course, actually desiring election immediately disqualifies you.

    • An idea put forth in a book I read some time back was a chaocracy: Small groups, chosen at random from the populace, and replaced randomly and at random intervals. Those selected are paid an exorbitant fee, to remove the possibility of bribery.

      I think scaling was the problem. I still think my "automatic death penalty for public office" is a workable solution. :)

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      • An idea put forth in a book I read some time back was a chaocracy : Small groups, chosen at random from the populace, and replaced randomly and at random intervals. Those selected are paid an exorbitant fee, to remove the possibility of bribery.
        That sounds so bad, I can't even begin to describe it. It must be one of theose forms of government that make democracy suck just a teeny bit less than "all other choices".
        I think scaling was the problem. I still think my "automatic death penalty for public office" is a workable solution. :)
        There's a kinder, gentler way to achive the same result, originally put forward by an SF author (Asimov? Bradbury? I forget...). Upon a candidate's announcement that they are running for public office, they should be put under full-time psychiatric care for a time not less than the term they are seeking as an elected official. :-) :-)
        • Psychiatrists are too easily motivated by money and too prone to prescription solutions. Death is surprisingly final. ;)

          Besides, this wouldn't prevent "The Leaders" from breeding -- it would just prevent them from bleeding pension money and running for office for the wrong reasons.

          Those who believe strongly will do it even with the specter of death; those who don't believe strongly shouldn't be in office, IMHO.

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