This article is in response to one by Opher Goodwin:
There is a great multitude of reasons as to why Representative Democracy is the best form of government, but there is a growing number of reasons as to why we need to take a fresh approach to its application: Democracy needs to be reinvented. We need to change how we choose our representatives.
Electing our representatives is at the root of the problem; the media has ensured that elections have become an emotional decision, not a rational one. It’s time people take back the power. We need to eliminate elections for office, and make political parties irrelevant: an anachronism. And this is how we should do it:
What I propose is an eight-year process to replace the system at hand, and gradually replacing representatives at the local, regional, state and national levels. If you are a US citizen, felony-free and above the age of 18, if you want to participate in government you’ll have to take and pass a detailed Civil Service Examination, and pay a fee (fee waived if you can prove hardship), which you’ll have to do every five years if you want to stay eligible for selection.
When the first body of citizen candidates is registered as eligible, an anonymous lottery will be conducted at the local level (similar to jury duty selection), and 10 people will be chosen. With seven voting members, and three alternates, this will be the new city council. Among and from them they will select a mayor, and serve for two years as the administrators of their municipality. At the end of this time, from their group, they’ll select one person to be the next (or continuing) mayor of the municipality, and one person to represent the municipality at the county level.
In the second two-year span there will be county council created, consisting of representatives chosen from the municipalities, who will choose a commissioner among and from them. This county council will serve for two years, at the end of which they’ll select the next (or continuing) commissioner, and one person to represent the county at the state level.
In the third two-year span there will be a state legislature created, consisting of representatives chosen from the counties, who will choose a governor among and from them. This legislature will serve for two years, at the end of which they’ll select the next (or continuing) governor, and one person to represent the state at the national level.
In the fourth two-year span there will be a national legislature created, consisting of representatives chosen from the states, who will choose a president among and from them. This legislature will serve for two years, at the end of which they’ll select the next (or continuing) president, and the remainder of the legislators will be done with service.
By eliminating the need for elections, you’d be saving funds that could be used for better purposes than propaganda; you’d be curtailing special interest groups; you’d be squashing the power of big business and foreign interests in the US. By eliminating the need for political parties, you’d be freeing the country from the chains of an internally corrupt two-party monster. But fundamentally, you’d be giving a voice back to the average citizen.
By using this process, you’d ensure that people that want to serve can, that they are intelligent enough to make sound decisions, and that they got their power by chance, not by influence, coercion or lies.