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Politics often resembles beauty contests. This heavily biases the discussed subjects toward the « sexy » one. Politics love to talk about values and work. Such subjects interest people and raise their concerns. You can easily be for or against. Certain journalists might find the subject central, but many crucial topics remain unspoken.

Infrastructure and sewage exemplify two unspoken critical subjects. The later requires long term planning on a timescale surpassing a mandate (or even multiple). The cultural barrier on such a subject also explains why a few politics talk about them (the picture shout this message). Yet everybody can understand why peeing or shitting into drinkable water is an heresy. The former subject is a maintenance job. And decisions about infrastructure often look invisible. To be efficient decisions on these subjects need to be taken nation wide or presuppose large investments. Nothing fancy here for a politician.

Two objects, one attracting and the other repulsing. There outlook has no link with their importance. Romain Cazé CC-BY

Using randomly selected citizens assemblies to address these important topics seems like a good idea for three reasons. First, because people know better than politicians about many repulsive and practical subjects. Second, questioning them doesn’t involve election nor re-election, thus they can freely discuss about them. Third, a jury wants to solve the problem on a long time scale and can plan things that will take many years to be implemented.

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