Four ordinary citizens are about to enter the new "Citizen Legislature Chosen by Random Selection of the Willing and the Able."
Why did they place themselves in the lottery to be selected?
What do they expect to accomplish?
Will they be able to do the job?
“The Common Lot: Next Step for Democracy” speculates what a legislature ‘by’, as well as ‘for’ and ‘of’, the people might be.
The video explores the idea of a citizen legislature chosen by lot, by random selection, creating a microcosm proportionate to the actual population. Besides the obvious benefits – eliminating the weight of money and the gloss of media stature – such a body would no longer be psychologically skewed to those self-confidently aggressive enough to stand the rigors of an electioneering campaign. The ship of state would be guided by the quietly thoughtful as well as by the rhetorically dominant.
Such a proportionally representative deliberative body would afford a much wider spectrum of opinion than the lockstep demanded by political parties. Given this country’s demography, this ‘next step for democracy’ would be largely middle-class, ideologically moderate, generous and free.