Category Archives: Democracy

Ideas, hacks, representation by sampling and political theory

This post began as a long tweet thread in response to Tim Dean’s asking for my views on New Zealand’s tilt toward proportional representation (PR). I’ve expanded it a little here, but it’s still a short post. In any event it … Continue reading

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Some podcasting for democracy

Democracy as we know it, is not the only form of representation Thousands of years ago, Athenians selected a majority of their representatives by sortition i.e random selection In the latest podcast, @NGruen1 talks more about this alternate form of … Continue reading

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Needing the eggs: The podcast

Here’s a podcast I did a few weeks ago which has garnered more reaction from people than any I’ve done before. That may just be because (as it turned out) I played cat and mouse with the listener by the … Continue reading

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Practical steps towards Ivan Illich’s world

I. Introduction Owing to quite a bit of recent hoopla about him, I’ve recently been reading Ivan Illich. Like the Molière character who discovers he’s been speaking prose his whole life, I discover I’ve been thinking a little like Illich for … Continue reading

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Needing The Eggs: 70 Years Of Going Through The Motions

I’ve recently completed an essay and like quite a few of my essays, it’s not been ‘optimised’ for publication in a magazine, so I may not try to publish it. But in case any folks here think it’s of interest, … Continue reading

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Detox democracy through representation by random selection: Reprint

As Troppodillians may know, I occasionally use the comments section of Troppo to minute notes to myself — often references — to which I may wish to return some day. So I can use this thread in that way, I’m … Continue reading

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The Great Covid Panic: now out!

It’s here, the booklet I am sure you have all been waiting for. The one which Gigi Foster and Michael Baker slaved over for 10 months. It is also on Kindle. It is dedicated to all the victims of the … Continue reading

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