Over the years, I have run across similar thinkers to improving democracy in a similar way. I will just offer my comments.
Getting a panel of experts to help legislators decipher facts from fiction is a good idea. But often experts in the same field disagree. And on more than a few occasions, the experts are wrong. Remember the new ice age circa 1970? Or how about the approval of Boeing 737 Max as a more modern example? So which experts should we put into this panel? How is the general public to trust the experts put in place — when the reason for their placement might be more political than expertise?
While Mr. Bracks has undoubtedly thought long and hard about his position, he, like many other experts in political affairs, has missed the underlying root reason for the apathy, cynicism, and distrust of our political institutions. The root reason is the political party itself.
Until we get rid of the political parties, writers 60 years from now will be writing similar articles like Mr. Bracks’.