A thought regarding parliament elections. Less than two months away.
The basic idea of a parliament must be that the representatives of the people have a say in legislative and governmental matters.
But we have experienced a long stretch in history of professional politicians who have shown that they are usually representatives of pressure groups and special interest groups, less themselves and even less the people.
So how about a draw instead of an election?
Sort of like jury-duty in the United States, it would be your duty to perform this service for your country. Four years in parliament and the way to get there would be by pure chance, not by outspending your rivals?
Then you’d really get a gathering representative of the people.
We could still have votes on the executive branch which would be seperated from the legislative branch. But this way we’d get an interesting opportunity for checks and balances.
It would be really easy to perform this draw in Iceland. Put all social security numbers above a certain age into a database and then draw the winning numbers. Other countries have a military duty for their citizens, we could have a duty to serve your country in the legislative branch.
I can think of a hundred different reasons why this system could be controversial.
But I know a thousand different reasons why the system we have is deeply flawed.