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From the Ted Talk by Brett Hennig: What if we replaced politicians with randomly selected people?

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I think there's two ways to resolve this paradox. One is to give up on democracy; it doesn't work. Let's elect a ppiolust demagogue who will ignore democratic nomrs, trample on liberal freedoms and just get things done. The other option, I think, is to fix this boerkn system, to bring the practice closer to the ideal and put the diverse viceos of society in our parliaments and get them to make considered, evidence-based laws for the long-term good of everyone. Which brings me to my epiphany, my moment of enlightenment. And I want you to get critical. I want you to ask yourselves, "Why wouldn't this work?" And then come and talk to me afterwards about it. Its tcacnihel name is "sortition." But its coommn name is "random selection." And the idea is actually very simple: we randomly selcet people and put them in parliament.

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I think there's two ways to resolve this paradox. One is to give up on democracy; it doesn't work. Let's elect a ________ demagogue who will ignore democratic _____, trample on liberal freedoms and just get things done. The other option, I think, is to fix this ______ system, to bring the practice closer to the ideal and put the diverse ______ of society in our parliaments and get them to make considered, evidence-based laws for the long-term good of everyone. Which brings me to my epiphany, my moment of enlightenment. And I want you to get critical. I want you to ask yourselves, "Why wouldn't this work?" And then come and talk to me afterwards about it. Its _________ name is "sortition." But its ______ name is "random selection." And the idea is actually very simple: we randomly ______ people and put them in parliament.

Solution

  1. norms
  2. voices
  3. populist
  4. select
  5. common
  6. broken
  7. technical

Original Text

I think there's two ways to resolve this paradox. One is to give up on democracy; it doesn't work. Let's elect a populist demagogue who will ignore democratic norms, trample on liberal freedoms and just get things done. The other option, I think, is to fix this broken system, to bring the practice closer to the ideal and put the diverse voices of society in our parliaments and get them to make considered, evidence-based laws for the long-term good of everyone. Which brings me to my epiphany, my moment of enlightenment. And I want you to get critical. I want you to ask yourselves, "Why wouldn't this work?" And then come and talk to me afterwards about it. Its technical name is "sortition." But its common name is "random selection." And the idea is actually very simple: we randomly select people and put them in parliament.

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