Election Posters


The elections have become permanent. The beautiful Lombrosian photos of the candidates are part of the urban landscape, at each corner, on the trucks, on the taxis. Outlines in reassuring poses, arms folded, wide smiles, eyes that are joyouslikecowsmadeupyoungaccuteserene and full of feeling for the elector. Circus posters of rejuvenated elderly ladies and poppies that give themselves in sacrifice for us. Well what makes them spend about 150,000 euro to be a candidate unless itís that civic passion?

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The income of the election candidates is the real political discriminator (what a beautiful term). Without the generous wallet ofyourhusbandoryourwifeoryourfriendinbusiness you donít take part in the elections and above all, you donít win. Thus if you are rich and youíve got good networks you can become a member of the local government cabinet. If youíve got a medium to low income and you know just the ones in your group of luckless folk, you can become an elector. The poor can elect the rich. The rich can administer the poor. If it werenít like that how could they stay rich? The democratic route at the elections passes by the 740 {the income tax form}. A fixed income is a political failing to be paid for by delegation.

But there is a solution. Itís called random selection. Itís got the advantage of eliminating the costs of election campaigns, of bringing the city to an aesthetic normality (even the eye wants its part). As a citizen you would have to have minimum pre-requisites to take part, like having residency, being of adult age, having a clean criminal record, not having a trial ongoing, never having been selected before, a basic competence in the subject that you are putting yourself forward for.

The mothers with no previous crimes could be candidates for theposition responsible for families, the doctors for health, the traffic police and the taxi drivers for traffic, the administrators of condominiums, for the position of mayor.

The selection process should be managed by a team of magistrates with consultancy from Pierluigi Collina Ė {famous football referee}. We would have employees in the place of politicians; politics in place of personal interests. Is there a town in Italy that wants to have a go? Make yourselves heard.

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The first Party, born in internet. Great Sveden.
I hope a day, to see this in Italy.

Posted by: Gabriele Martelli | May 26, 2006 08:20 AM

Wow... thanks for this post. What a great basis of an idea, replace the running and campaigning for office with a lottery draw system.

My brain will be toying with this idea for a little bit. interesting bit in New York magazine recently about a hypothetical Purple Party.


Posted by: idonothingallday | May 25, 2006 05:05 PM

Down here in Oz we have the same post-elections problem; it takes a very long time for all the publicity rubbish to disappear from our streets. But we have enacted legislation that says the candidates are responsible for getting rid of it; and since that means the candidates would have to PAY if they didn't - they do !
This legislation was able to get through both houses of parliament because it was seen to be one popular with the voters; if the matter were seen in that light in Italy, it would become law there, too.
We're all aware, are we not ?, that the solitary thing important to members of parliament is to stay in power, whatever it takes ...

Posted by: Margaret-Rose STRINGER | May 24, 2006 11:50 PM

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