The Demarchy Manifesto


Demarchy exploits the possibilities of modern communications to give new role to public discussion. It takes the initiative in formulating policy on each specific problem out of the hands of political parties and into the hands of those most strongly affected by that particular problem. John Burnheim explains why this needs to be done and how it can be done by voluntary initiative without constitutional change.



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John Burnheim  taught philosophy at the University of Sydney from 1960 to 1990. His book Is Democracy Possible? (1985) explored the possibilities of filling certain public offices by lot as a democratic alternatives to voting.  He argued that the flaws of modern democracy — partisan power struggles, wheeling and dealing and the overwhelming influence of money — could only be addressed by a return to aspects of classical Athenian democracy.



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