Surly Curmudgeon

   The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.
-- Robert A. Heinlein
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    Thursday, October 21, 2004


    Block the Vote

    I keep wondering why people defend the idea of democracy so fervently, when it should be obvious to even the stupidest observer that it is not the end-all, be-all of human political systems. Why have we stopped looking for something better? And I keep hearing the same distraught platitudes about how many people have died to give us democracy and to preserve it. I note that plenty of people died to preserve the monarchy, but nobody's getting all teary-eyed about that.

    Anyway...

    Why vote when random chance would probably do just as well, if not better? A friend of mine (a political scientist, no less) and I recently discussed ways to choose Washington types without voting. One suggestion we came up with was to draft the President at random from the 50 governors, and to draft the House and Senate at random from the 50 state legislatures. There are several reasons why this is cool:

    First, it completely eliminates campaign financing and all of the arguments about it.

    Second, it stops politicians from campaigning when they should be attending to business.

    Third, it keeps politics local.

    Fourth, it provides natural term limits while making sure that the people in office have some idea of how to do the job.

    Wow, four wins in a row, and all developed over a bottle of Dr. Pepper during a work break. Makes me wonder what all of our political thinkers are doing these days, that they're too busy to come up with something at least as good.

    Posted by Tom, 10/21/2004 5:46:00 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...