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Electoral politics is a game.
A dirty, divisive, disastrous game.

To get elected and reelected, the career politicians in Washington have to play the game: They have to make empty campaign promises, smear their opponents, and obey their political parties. They have to pay big favors to their big donors. And they have to play us off one another like pawns and sell us out at every turn. 

This game runs our country. And it’s ruining our country, because doing what’s actually best for America and everyday Americans is a losing strategy. Electoral reforms might curb some cheating, but they leave this cut-throat competition for votes intact. We have to end the game. And fast.

Imagine we replace politicians with everday Americans

Picture Congress filled with nurses, farmers, engineers, waitresses, teachers, accountants, pastors, soldiers, stay-at-home parents, and retirees. They are conservatives, liberals, and moderates from all parts of the country and all walks of life. They look like America, live like America, and actually care about America.

Everyday Americans from all walks of life brought together to discuss the most important issues facing the country in 2019 in America In One Room.
Photos from The New York Times.

Everyday Americans from all walks of life brought together to discuss the
most important issues facing the country in 2019 in America In One Room.
Photos from The New York Times.

And we select them in a democratic lottery

Instead of running in an election, these everyday Americans are simply called upon to serve in a democratic lottery. This lottery includes the names of every citizen who is willing and able, and who meets some reasonable minimum qualifications.

Instead of running in an election, these everyday Americans are simply called upon to serve in a democratic lottery. This lottery includes the names of every citizen who is willing and able, and who meets some reasonable minimum qualifications.

The citizens selected in the lottery come together and, with the support of experts and staff, investigate the unique challenges facing the country. And once their term is up, they go back to their regular lives and other citizens are chosen in another democratic lottery.

The citizens selected in the lottery come together and, with the support of experts and staff, investigate the unique challenges facing the country. And once their term is up, they go back to their regular lives and other citizens are chosen in another democratic lottery.

So they are free from the game
and free to do right by us

These citizen-representatives don’t owe anything to any party or donor, and they aren’t obsessed with re-election. So they are free to have honest conversations, learn from one another, and find common ground on what is really best for the country. 

No campaigns. No games. No bullshit.

This is a proven practice

Over 2,500 years ago, the ancient Greeks used democratic lotteries instead of elections to prevent corruption and division. Now, in response to the corruption and division of modern times, democratic lotteries are again on the rise.

Citizens in countries around the world are being selected by lottery to investigate important issues, free from political and partisan pressures. This includes immigration in the US, city financial plans in Australia, and constitutional change in Mongolia. Again and again, these citizens are finding common ground and solving problems in ways that career politicians cannot.

Citizens’ Assembly selected by lottery in Northern Ireland

And America is ready for it

We asked Americans what they think about this proposal – and they love it. In a nationally-representative poll conducted by one of the most respected polling companies in the country, 65% of Americans said that having everyday Americans selected in a democratic lottery would be ‘better’ or ‘much better’ then our current Congress of elected politicians. While only 12% said it would be worse.

And our proposal received 62% support from conservatives and 62% support from liberals – meaning it’s something everyone can get behind.

2/3 of Americans think that everyday people selected in a democratic lottery would be better then our current Congress of elected politicians.

Only 1/8 think it would be worse.

"It would make the government truly of, by and for the people. The way it is supposed to be."
63-year old liberal woman
Glen Burnie, Maryland
"The idea of truly draining the swamp excites me beyond reason... an actual chance to see what the common citizen can accomplish."
41-year old conservative man
Lakeland, Florida

So here's the plan

We know the political establishment will fight to keep their grip on power. So we’ll follow the example of peaceful movements all over the world that have successfully removed corrupt regimes: spread the vision, build overwhelming public pressure, and create sustained escalating disruption. It takes a monumental effort, but it’s a formula that’s proven to work. And as we know, America at its best is about working together to achieve the seemingly impossible.

So of by for will be organizing the millions of us Americans who are fed up with the game and want a brighter future. We’re currently in the startup phase, but this spring (2020), we’ll start our first campaigns to make democratic lotteries a household name and build local hubs of committed volunteers ready to take action in their communities. If you’re onboard, sign up to be notified when we’re ready to roll!

Want to learn more? Check out our democratic lotteries deep dive and more about us …

This movement is for you if:

  • You’re concerned for the future of the US and the world
  • You’ve had enough of politicians, political parties, and the political game
  • You’re open-minded to working with people who are different from you and willing to go beyond the ‘Left’ and the ‘Right’

We are a movement to end the game of parties and politicians and build real democracy.

This means replacing career politicians with everyday people from all walks of life. And it means putting them in position to have honest informed conversations, find common ground, and make wise decisions.

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