These are great points. My friend said the article reminded him of “watching ancaps slowly reinvent government to make their system work”. I’m at a bit of a standstill in my thinking right now between the feeling that our problems are really extreme and need a radical solution, while also seeing that most of the solutions out there are either worse than or not fundamentally different from what we have now. I’m stuck listening to Noam Chomsky talk vaguely about popular movements and hoping that the Syrian Autonomous Administration comes up with something meaningful.
The novel things I suppose I want to promote with this are experiments with the sortition/lottocracy/jury system, which I think would be substantially different from the way representative democracy works in practice even if it’s “topographically similar” as my friend put it, and modeling dual power structures like mutual aid societies, unions, civil society institutions, worker democracy, cooperatives, etc. I’m also a fan of referenda; I actually spent a summer verifying signatures for a minimum wage ballot measure that ended up passing in Colorado.