mindgarden saidSometimes I wonder if a system of decision-making based on coin flips would be any different than what we have now.
This was a dilemma the US Founders faced, in proposing a democracy. Were ordinary people qualified to decide their own fate, or should it remain in the hands of an elite aristocracy, bred to the role over generations? Would mob rule be better than rule by the anointed? Can rule by committee be better than rule by an single autocrat?
I favor a true democracy, but as Benjamin Franklin said, the wisest of the US Founders, only if we can keep it. I wonder if we've managed to do that. I think the US has become an oligarchy (Google it), and real democracy has ceased. Americans still vote. but mostly as we're told.
The candidate who wins is the one with the most money in most cases, and that money comes from a narrow special interest segment, not from the people at large. US Politicians are for sale, if you can afford the price. But ordinary citizens aren't even invited to the auction.
There's no money to be made from the ordinary people, and most politicians go where the money is, to fatten their own hides. I think it was the ancient Roman Emperor Augustus who said he liked to keep his provincial governors in place, because after they had made themselves wealthy through graft & corruption, they would finally concentrate on governing well.
Unfortunately in the US, our politicians never seem to get enough. And the critics of democracy are being proven right.