I believe in democracy and contrary to conventional wisdom people are not inherently apathetic, selfish or lazy. Rather all humans simply respond to their situation and surrounding circumstances.

In our current nation based political system the impact of any one voter is steadily decreasing. In serving only the nation the system performed reasonably well from 1945 to 1980. It is however becoming increasingly irrelevant in addressing the complex challenges of a global world and increasingly rapid technological change. A nation building political system cannot solve problems with solutions that require action beyond its boundaries and jurisdiction.

The average voter has already figured out that their vote in fact cannot make a difference and this realization may appear as ignorance, passivity and apathy. Like an unsatisfied customer “voting with his feet” voters are increasingly not coming back to the polling booth. This is not ignorance, passivity or apathy but understandable behaviour in light of the voter’s new situation and surrounding circumstances.

Voters are demanding a brand new system designed to respond to the challenges of the new global world. They aren’t interested in spiffy new versions of an old system that was designed for a world that no longer exists.

The average person can only ever have a small impact on any policy that affects many people – we can’t all be decision makers. In a global world, power must be concentrated in even fewer hands than a nation building world. The only question is who will those few hands represent.

The current system employs elections to select decision makers. But this mechanism simply by its exclusive, expensive and competitive nature guarantees that the few hands chosen will inevitably come from a distinct elite subset of the general population – those with the interest, aptitude and means to get elected.

A more democratic system designed to respond to global and technological challenges would randomly select decision makers from a statistical sample of the population. Randomly selected decision makers can be expected to make public policy that represents the ideas and interests of their group (general population) in exactly the same way that decision makers elected primarily from members of an elite subset of the population represent the ideas and interests of their elite group.

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