I believe in the power of the word to heal extremism that drives men mad. Maybe you’ll think I’m naive. But I am convinced that the insane people who carry out terrorist attacks or mass murders would be infinitely fewer if they had been listened to. On the square of the Republic I have several times witnessed the power of speech. Let me give you an example that has left its mark on me. A young man in front of a fairly soaked person who was yelling: »Are you searching for troubles, you want to fight? ». He was once and a half his size. The young man didn’t break down and simply asked him, »Why? » then the drunk gave a speech half incomprehensible and half hateful. The young man simply listened to him and the drunk man calmed down, not by force but by simple listening. It was this need that I felt at Nuit Debout. The need to be listened to. This example and many others convinced me of the soothing power of speaking and listening.
And why stochocracy in particular? For two simple reasons. First, to give the floor to those who never have it. Better to let a madman talk for a few minutes than to see him on the news after an unspeakable massacre. Because many people, who are never listened to, have solutions that we would never have thought of: there are more than twice as many good ideas in two different heads. Second, to concretize the words in action without going through a pyramidal system. Indeed, these systems are very effective in getting things done, the problem with them is that they are pyramidal… with a charismatic leader at the top. I believe that stochocracy offers this interesting alternative by proposing a fluid leader, which can be replaced and is replaced often, while conferring a human identity.