Though liberal democracy is touted as the answer to all the world’s problems, it works better in theory than in practice. Many modern democracies breed corruption and inequality. So what’s the alternative? Authoritarianism? Activist Brett Hennig explores another path, sortition – that is, the selection of governors by random selection – an ancient concept that seems frivolous and quirky at first blush but gains weight as Hennig delves into how such a system could work. His offbeat presentation will appeal to students of political theory and citizens seeking change.
In this summary, you will learn
- How modern democracy falls short,
- How ancient Athens practiced democracy and
- Why sortition might be preferable to current democratic systems.
About the Speaker
Author and activist Brett Hennig is a co-founder of the Sortition Foundation, an organization that advocates for stratified random selection.