Stan--thanks for your input. I disagree, however, with putting "filters" on who gets selected for an assembly. For one thing, that would not give the assembly a truly demographically representative distribution and, second, the Democrats and Republicans have a political filtering process in place right now and just look at the boot-lickers and kowtowers we have as our "representatives" today. No, I disagree with the notion of a filtering process for political representatives, but we can probably discuss more of this when we meet in a couple of weeks. Best wishes!
0 · March 24
"replace the two-party mafiaocracy"
I agree with this. The ultimate purpose though I think is to better select for decision making people that are both capable and that have the common good in mind. A high percentage of us do not have those characteristics.
Therefore we should add a filter mechanism in addition to the random selection of social security numbers -- that will sort out those that are not suitable. This based on the best current science and best practices of governing.
0 · March 23
I will try to make it. I am a firm believer in government by lottery (to replace the two-party mafiaocracy that now holds sway over the commonwealth). Simply use social security numbers to randomly select representatives and we, then, will have a truly demographically representative govt with 50% women, 15% blacks, 10% homosexuals, and 30% poor...etc. I believe the greatest fault with our present plutocratic system is that the poor are systematically excluded from holding office, and naturally they feel disenfranchised--and rightly so!!! This needs to change. Any thoughts on this?
0 · March 23