"Dan Goodman" <dog@fcbobDOTdemon.co.uk> wrote in message news://firstname.lastname@example.org... > > p.s. the Isaac Asimov story isn't that much like my random democracy idea, > because the vote is effectively made by Multivac, I haven't read the story > but I'm sure this is the idea. The whole point of the random democracy idea > is to get rid of the fiction of a "best" government that "most represents" > the views of the populace, as this is an unattainable ideal (cf. Arrow's > paper "A Difficulty in the Concept of Social Welfare" in the Journal of > Political Economy volume 58 issue 4), and to replace it with a government > that is statistically unbiased. >
I thought the sci-fi analogy was pretty close, though in some of Asimov's stories it did seem that Multivacs was able to predict human actions before they occurred, though not necessarily with 100% accuracy.
One wonders if the ancient Greeks would have fought as hard for "statistically unbiased" government as they did for the "fiction" of one that "most represents" those governed.