The Blind Break is the Heart of Democracy

In part 4 of my legislative series, I propose a new definition of democracy, one that revolves around the blind break. The blind break is, of course, an information control mechanism, and has not usually been treated as so essential to the political project. While concepts like representation and delegation have historically been treated as essential to political theory, information flow has been treated as secondary.

In this post, I aim to correct this mistake. Political systems are information flows at their very core. We must treat constraints on those flows as central to the entire political project, right up there with separation of powers, equality under the law, and other traditional notions of political theory.

One Response

  1. Alex, good to read your reconciliation of the Blind Break and the Invisible Hand (of descriptive representation) — I’ve tended to see them as different (or even incompatible) models for sortition. It might be also worth pointing out that Athenian juries were always selected on the morning of the trial (either of persons or laws), which would support your argument for the Blind Break.

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