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Oderal - organizzazione per la democrazia rappresentativa aleatoria

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There is something wrong with our democracies; it is in plain sight. For decades, they have been held hostage by the chronic electoral fever of political parties, their tireless and constant pursuit of votes and consensus. Absentee ballots and electoral volatility are growing exponentially almost everywhere, as is the parallel decline in support and affiliation with political parties.

But what is democracy?

Our conviction is that democracy means elections. We do not see a vote as a tool that contributes to democracy, but as a sacred principle with an intrinsic value. In short, we despise those who are elected but we venerate elections. What, then, was considered democratic, if elections were not? Drawing lots! No, it is neither a joke nor a game. Drawing lots (also called sortition) is the central component of a form of government widely used in the past known as random (or aleatory) representative democracy. From the Latin alea, which means “dice”, random representative democracies are forms of indirect government (!), where the distinction between the governed and governments takes place through drawing lots and not elections.

According to many scholars and many experiences around the world, the application of drawing lots in our current democracies can solve two of their main crises: the crisis of legitimacy, and the crisis of effectiveness.