If we are to be replaced by machines, if we are to automate the socioeconomic reproduction of humanity, we mere humans had better do something to make ourselves useful. What has the crushing pressure of earning a livelihood always left us no time for? Self-government. Now is the time to create something closer to pure democracy. What if technology could be used to make a deliberative body that consists not of a few hundred representatives but rather tens of thousands of citizens? And what if almost anyone could become well-informed enough to partake in democratic decision-making, by getting paid to do so in civic colleges open to all?


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