Does a system which rewards 'the best' actually give us 'the best'?
Futures Forum: Is 'meritocracy' really all it's made out to be?
Futures Forum: How meritocracy and populism reinforce each other's faults
Futures Forum: Meritocracy vs democracy
Futures Forum: The myth of meritocracy: who really gets what they deserve?
Isn't this just another form of 'aristocracy' - that is (in Greek) 'rule by the best'?
Futures Forum: Elections are for aristocrats
Perhaps we need to bypass 'the best':
Futures Forum: Politicians, wonks and technocrats
And we need to just have some 'respectful discussion':
Futures Forum: The people's voice and expertise > How democracy is about respectful discussion, not just voting
And this could be done the Greek way:
In ancient Athens, isegoria described the equal right of citizens to participate in public debate in the democratic assembly; parrhesia, the license to say what one pleased, how and when one pleased, and to whom.
Two Concepts of Freedom of Speech - The Atlantic
Isegoria at Athens: When Did It Begin? on JSTOR
An Ancient Greek idea could foil Brexit’s democratic tragedy | Nicholas Gruen | Opinion | The Guardian
We can call it the 'jury system', election by lottery or citizens' assembly:
Futures Forum: Citizens’ Juries could become the core of a revived local democracy
Futures Forum: A Parliament by Lottery
Futures Forum: Brexit: and a citizens' assembly to break the deadlock
The second part of tonight's episode looking at 'thought cages' considers these alternatives:
Advertising guru and writer on human behaviour Rory Sutherland pokes a stick at received wisdom.
A Parliament by Lottery: Could we fix the disconnect between the public and its politicians – by selecting our MPs by lottery?
BBC Radio 4 - Thought Cages, 08/02/2019.