Initiatives v Oligarchy

Our Founders' Warning: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.” (Thomas Jefferson)

3.2: Assembly Members Randomly Selected

The IQA shall specify how and by what method its Assembly Members are to be randomly selected. It may vary its Membership criteria between all Citizens and a willing subset of Citizens, and between Citizens entitled to vote and Citizens registered to vote, by Direct Initiatives passed by a double supermajority vote.

Once selected, an IQA Member shall serve a mandatory duty of citizenship to represent Citizens who think as they do. Members shall serve as private not public persons for a term specified by the IQA. IQA service shall have priority over all other citizen’s duties and work including military, clerical, political, professional, parenting, secret, or business services.

Failure to serve and fulfill a Member’s obligations shall be punishable unless excused for excessive hardship by a randomly selected Federal Judge in Court in accordance with guidelines specified by the IQA. No Citizen may be called upon to serve twice.

Explanation of Assembly Members Randomly Selected


The IQA Rules state that a simple random sample from all Citizens entitled to vote must initially generate the list of Members. The executive branch will probably choose from the Social Security master list—removing those not eligible to serve from the selection. If a better database of Citizens becomes available, e.g., from Homeland Security, then that may be used.

Initially, all those selected must serve because it appears that permitting Members to decline for less than excessive hardship could permit large dedicated special interests to insist that its members never decline to serve and thereby to influence the IQA. If exceptions were made, the views in the IQA would not accurately represent all Citizens. Though service may sometimes be an imposition, it is a reasonable duty of citizenship, by far less onerous than military conscription.