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)

Citizens Assembly

“A citizens assembly is a body formed from the citizens of a modern state to deliberate on…issues of national importance. The membership of a citizens’ assembly…. is quasi-random [selection usually performed by a contractor]…. The purpose is to employ a cross-section of the public to study the options available …and to propose answers to these questions…. In many cases, the state will require these proposals to be accepted by the general public through a referendum before becoming law. The Citizens’ assembly aims to reinstall trust in the political process by taking direct ownership of decision-making.” (Courtesy © Wikipedia) Citizens Assemblies are used  in Switzerland, Netherlands, Ireland, Poland, Canada, etc.