Without political programs there are no political movements.
I’m putting this very mildly with this article (though I may not be as mild with my comments), but this is a different spin on the Exclusions post by Yoram Gat. Over there, I suggested that policy proposals be the exclusive domain of expert bodies filled by random selection, with the general body being left to vote up or down on each line of every policy proposal. In other words, I put forward stratified sampling.
Over here, since Keith Sutherland said that electoral organizations that win the most votes should be able to convert so-called “manifesto pledges” into legislative bills, what about the whole range of political programs themselves?
They can range from electoral platforms to more medium- and long-term party programs, but it is generally acknowledged that a certain degree of expertise is required for any given policy proposal / plank / demand / etc. included in the final document. Shouldn’t that expertise be recognized formally, in the form of program committees (preferably, of course, with randomly selected memberships) having the exclusive authority to suggest any policy proposal / plank / demand / etc. while some broader organizational congress / conference / convention having mere up and down votes?
This does not preclude the broader membership from participation in the brainstorming of what will be submitted to the congress / conference / convention, but again this is a recognition of the expertise needed for policy proposals / planks / demands.