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)

Dictatorships

“A dictatorship is an authoritarian form of government, characterized by a single leader or group of leaders [oligarchs] with either no party or a weak party, little mass mobilization, and limited political pluralism.… Dictatorship and totalitarian societies generally employ political propaganda to decrease the influence of proponents of alternative governing systems.” (Courtesy © Wikipedia)

Dictatorships

“A dictatorship is an authoritarian form of government, characterized by a single leader or group of leaders [oligarchs] with either no party or a weak party, little mass mobilization, and limited political pluralism.… Dictatorship and totalitarian societies generally employ political propaganda to decrease the influence of proponents of alternative governing systems.” (Courtesy © Wikipedia)

Athens

About 2,500 ago, Athenian democracy (Demokratia) created a golden age, the forerunner of all western civilizations. Citizens could propose Initiatives (Probouleumata) from which 500 randomly selected Citizens (Council of 500 or Boule) chose the legislation upon which all the Citizens (Ecclesia) could vote directly. Random selection, large size, and part-time one-year tenure makes this system … Continued