Practical Democracy, Government Built On Public Agreement


When we speak of government by the people, 'the people' is not an amorphous mass. It is an abundance of individuals: some brilliant, some dull; some good, some bad; some with integrity, some deceitful. To achieve government by the people, we must sift through this diversity to find the individuals with the qualities needed to address and resolve contemporary public concerns.

In a truly democratic political process, the entire electorate will participate in defining the issues the government must address and agreeing on the individuals best equipped to resolve those issues. The size of the electorate and the varying level of interest in public affairs among the populace make the matter of including everyone a challenge.

This paper describes a method of dividing the electorate into very small groups. The groups agree which member is the best advocate of the group's concerns. Those so chosen are arranged in similar groups to continue sifting through the electorate to identify the individuals most motivated and best qualified to address and resolve the people's concerns. The method creates a sound political infrastructure built on the concerns the people hold in common and on the individuals they agree are best qualified to address and resolve those concerns.