In my last post, I defined sortition and argued for its merits over election as an anticorruption measure. In this post, I’ll be setting out one of the key disputes in the debate over how sortition should be used in lawmaking. The process of legislation can be thought of as comprising three basic activities: settingContinue reading “How should democracy work? Assemblies versus juries”
This post is in part based on my paper, Political Parties as Corruption Hazards: The Republican Case for Sortition, in the Croatian Journal of Philosophy (Milne, 2020). In my last long post, I highlighted the inherent corruptibility of political parties, posing an existential problem for electoral democracy. In this one, I set out the alternative.Continue reading “Sortition: a summary”
On Friday the 16th of October, the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College hosted an excellent webinar entitled ‘Revitalizing Democracy: Sortition, Citizen Power, and Spaces of Freedom’. I wrote a brief summary for Equality by Lot – you can read it here.
This post is adapted from part of my recent paper, ‘Political parties as corruption hazards. The republican case for sortition’, in the Croatian Journal of Philosophy (vol. XX, issue 59). In my last post, we looked at the kinds of mechanisms by which corruption propagates itself, and highlighted their dependence on relationships that persist overContinue reading “Why political parties tend to become corrupt”
This post is adapted from part of my recent paper, ‘Political parties as corruption hazards. The republican case for sortition’, in the Croatian Journal of Philosophy (vol. XX, issue 59). I don’t know why they put a full stop in place of a colon in the title, but in any case it’s my first publishedContinue reading “Three of corruption’s metastatic mechanisms”
This post is taken in part from my forthcoming paper in the Croatian Journal of Philosophy, ‘Political parties as corruption hazards: the republican case for sortition’. The special edition of the paper in which it was due to be published was meant to have come out in the spring, but world events intervened. Something thatContinue reading “What is corruption?”
The voice of conscience always sounds a note of discord. It speaks out against something we have done, or contemplate doing. It offends against our good self-image and the prerogatives of our other desires. If I have done something I feel is wrong, I am strongly tempted to quell that dissenting voice by presenting itContinue reading “Conscience, disharmony, and the separation of powers”
In my last post, I went over a few moments from the history of feminism and argued that they demonstrated ways in which our concepts of freedom and equality legitimately develop over time, in ways that can’t be predicted in advance. Now this is a very familiar philosophical theme, going back to Hegel. But theContinue reading “The way liberal-egalitarian views develop, part 2”
In my last post, I set out my stall in terms of fundamental values: liberté, egalité, fraternité for individuals, and justice towards them in government. But those are very broad and fuzzy ideas. In this post and the next, I’m going to argue that the task of pinning down exactly what they mean is neverContinue reading “The way liberal-egalitarian values develop, part 1”
Hello, and welcome to Freedom and Corruption. This blog is an outgrowth of a research project I began in late 2018 in an attempt to understand why it is that all of this *gestures at world events* is happening, and what kind of society might be immune from it. It’s about institutions and constitutions, butContinue reading “What I’m aiming to do in this blog”
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