David Graeber: “The democratic way of choosing officials, if you had to do it, was lottery.”

One way to thoroughly clean up the corrupt election process: sortition: Election by lottery. All eligible and willing candidates would put their names in the system and, like jury duty, would be selected at random to serve for a limited time. I hope the democracy matures to the point where this becomes not just a crackpot idea but standard practice. David Graeber of OWS fame defends the position in this article the blog Equality by Lot.

Equality by lot

David Graeber is an

American anthropologist, political activist and author. He is currently reader in social anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and was formerly an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University. David is a member of the labour union Industrial Workers of the World, and has played a role in events such as the 2002 New York protests against the World Economic Forum. His most recent book is Debt: The First 5,000 Years (2011)

He is also described as

a man of many talents. A longtime activist, a professor of anthropology at the University of London, and a prolific author, David also helped found the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011. He even coined the phrase “We are the 99%.”

Graeber is not impressed with the electoral system:

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UPDATE: State of Seized Library

From the blog of #OccupyWallStreet’s People’s Library:

UPDATE: State of Seized Library.

The movement will no doubt survive, even if its flagship camp is forced to move elsewhere. But its flagship library is not as easily replaced.  More than any other aspect of Bloomberg/Kelly’s Monday night raid on Zuccotti Park, the thoughtless destruction of the People’s Library symbolizes the soullessness of the authorities threatened by our wonderfully rebellious American Fall.

May the embers of this shameful moment be kept alive in our hearts and minds to kindle an even more wonderful American Spring.

Jeffrey Sachs Supports #OccupyWallStreet

This is what democracy looks like when it works: media dialoguing with a rational person telling the truth about what’s wrong and what needs to change:

This is just over 22 minutes, but it’s 22 minutes well spent.

Info from the YouTube video on Sachs:

Watch Jeffrey Sachs, leading environmentalist and economist, and a respected Professor at Columbia University, speak out at the growing, inspiring Occupy Wall Street movement. Sachs is one of many professors, celebrities, community leaders, spiritual leaders and public figures who are speaking out in support of the OWS movement and what it stands for.

Roseanne Supports #OccupyWallStreet

That’s right, you heard right: Roseanne Barr addressed the avant gard of the Wall Street occupation with heart-felt words of encouragement about what must be done to strengthen the movement. Her suggestion: get the Teamsters on board and close down the bridges and tunnels. She’s not messing around!:

To keep track of the protest, which is now in its third day:

http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23occupywallstreet

http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23TakeWallStreet