Just watched the first David Graeber Memorial Lecture, by Alpa Shah on Democracy by Sortition, Liberal Elections and Communist Revolutionaries. Available online sometime soon...
Sortition is the true democratic idea of eliminating hierarchies not by eliminating leaders, but by allowing anyone to be a leader. Very inspiring to hear about how it still exists with the Adivasi, and imagining different ways of being human. Making group decisions better.
It's less about hierarchies and more about how authority gets baked into systems. We assume that our "modern liberal representative democracy" recipe is the best of a bunch of bad options, but I don't think that is true.
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