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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.

    • But we have to be careful that the wrong lizard doesn't get elected.

    • I sometimes think that a random lottery (with criminals, Monarchs and MPs excluded) for a six or twelve month period sitting in a lower house would be far better than having two elected houses. The first house would need the sort of supremecy the UK house of commons has at present (ie. being able to force things through eventually). The people in the second house would be paid, so that no one is discouraged from standing. This suffers when you remember that, in the most part, the people chosen won't be a

    • We actually have a system like that now in the judicial branches, called Jury Duty. And you see what an unjoyous fit people have when they're selected for that...
    • 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 publi

        • 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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