“Athenian” Style Initiatives

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1. Foreword This plan uses the “Athenian” initiatives system NOT the “Oregon” system of initiatives used by U.S. States. The Plan must explain this at the start, because the ease with which special interests can subvert “Oregon” initiatives today can raise strong negative emotions. On the other hand, special interests cannot sabotage “Athenian” initiatives .

About 2,500 years ago, ancient Athenians invented democracy. It lasted almost 200 years, until an invasion devastated Athens. Historians call it the “Golden Age of Athens” because it is the foundation of our western civilization and democracy. The Athenian’s three cornerstones of government were:

  1. Juries of randomly selected citizens decided right from wrong, innocence from guilt. The Founding Fathers adopted it as the heart of the Judicial Branch for settling all manner of disputes.
  2. A majority vote of the people made the important decisions. The Founding Fathers adopted it as the heart of how we…

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