Practical decomracy for candidate selection (a universal primary?)
Practical democracy is a reasonable way to find candidates. Involving everyone at the first level is good. Keep the family rule and the five meeting rule, for all the right reasons. Then make triads totally random within a cost effective geographic area. Small enough, not too big. Forget about joining factions, because we are all in this together. If there will be only one eventual winner, each triad IS inclined to put forward their most qualified alternative. I would like to see the levels end at a point like in the example of 25000. With 12 choices still standing, that’s a good cross section of the electorate. After that I feel it is time to go back to the entire electorate in the form of a general election. One can hope that the surviving candidates are all qualified in the minds of all the voters, then there is no bad choice. Practical democracy could take it one more level by reducing the field to four. Thereby losing diversity, but presenting an election where each voter, even lazy ones, would be more inclined to come to an informed opinion on each candidate. Involving everyone in the final decision is the perfect end to this exercise in democracy.