Our system of justice is based on the theory that we have a fundamental right to be judged by a panel of our peers versus by the king’s (or state’s) representatives. To field a panel of our peers, we use random selection (conscription). (Once upon a time, we employed this same technique to field an army of citizen-soldiers.)
What if our system of governance were similarly based? What if, at all levels, our personal and collective interests were represented not by self-interested, eminently-corruptible politicians, always seeking personal advantage, but by average citizens selected by lot?
What if there were no career politicians? No negative campaign ads? No endless electioneering? No gerrymandering. No entrenched partisanship. No shameless dissembling? No political robo-calls? No PACs? No pundits? No Donald Trumps?
What if our entire culture were constructed around the notion that every citizen, however humble in his or her abilities or achievements, was subject to conscription into public service, just as every (male) citizen was, once upon a time, subject to conscription into a common defense? Indeed, isn’t this what a democracy really is?