P.J. O'Rourke opined recently (April 10 on TVO's The Agenda) that politicians are in the business of doing nothing but acquiring power, and that the current crop of political candidates are no better than any random group of people.

And it's not just the elected, it's the electorate. The problem that O'Rourke develops in his book Parliament of Whores is that "Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us."

How better to eliminate the acquisition of power as a temptation (from everybody) than by removing any element of being able to influence the outcome of an election i.e. WHAT IF politicians were chosen randomly?

Why not choose politicians the same way we choose jurors? Author, Mark Harland, has written a trilogy of novels with just such a theme. Political satire at its best, his politicians are chosen at random by RADO, a lottery machine. Your Country Needs You follows the first term of a UK parliament of MPs chosen by RADO, A Very Special Relationship gets the United States interested in this very democratic form of government and Her Place In The Sun concludes the story in a very republican-leaning Australia.

The idea needs a lot of honing obviously: minimum education?; volunteers only in the "pool"?; how to apply this to executive positions (cabinet members in parliamentary democracies, governors, etc.) MarkTilley 20:05, 17 April 2007 (UTC)


  • Eliminate electoral corruption, porkbelly politics
  • Reduce the cost and time spent on elections
  • governing becomes more participatory as more of the general population are chosen and visualize themselves as eligible
  • more ...


  • You figure it out!
  • May elect Extremists
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