French Revolution – Sortition adopted in 2012

This is a fantasy by Yves Sintomer (in French). The Introduction goes as follows (my translation):

Dateline: 2112

To celebrate the centenary of the 6th Republic in 2012, whose creation was due to the introduction of Sortition in the french political procedures, the Minister for Citizenship has asked,  for the benefit of the younger generations, that a group of historians to re-visit this decisive turning point.

Select papers for publication by lot

From Switzerland comes a serious suggestion from a well-respected economist, Bruno Frey (and co-author Osterloh). As they say in their abstract,

The process by which scholarly papers are selected for publication in a journal is faced with serious problems. The referees rarely agree and often are biased. This paper discusses two alternative measures to evaluate scholars. Continue reading