Ahmed Teleb suggested the following as the most noteworthy sortition-related events of 2013:
- the publication of Hélène Landemore’s book, Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many, which has a section called “Elections versus Random Selection”:
Random lotteries would indeed produce what is known as ‘descriptive representation’ of the people […] ensuring statistical similarity of thoughts and preferences of the rulers and the ruled.” (p. 108),
- what was described as the demise of the crowd-sourced constitution in Iceland:
the Supreme Court, with eight of its nine justices at the time having been appointed by the Independence Party, now disgraced as the main culprit of the crash and in opposition, annulled the Constitutional Assembly election,
although others thought that the failure of the “pots and pans revolution” occurred much earlier and for much more systemic reasons.
Terry Bouricious thought 2013 saw sortition entering mainstream political discourse in Belgium with
- Belgian MP Laurent Louis offering sortition to the Belgian parliament (and joining forces with Etienne Chouard)
We realize today, based on the experience of 200 years of elections, that the grand myth of elections and the idea that universal suffrage is emancipatory do not fulfill their promises. The elective system creates corruption, lies, formation of castes and other abuses against which it is impossible to fight, because they are in inherent in the mechanisms of elections, except in establishing another method for the selection of those who make the laws, namely sortition among the citizens.
- the publication of David Van Reybrouck’s book Against Elections presenting
a clear argument that sortition is an effective way to revitalize what has become an impotent democracy to involve the citizens in what concerns us as a society.
Thank you Ahmed and Terry for your suggestions. Happy new year and best wishes to all!