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it is possible to run a government like a raffle or a lotto game. Spin the arrow and see who shall be Maximum Leader -today-. There was something rather egalitarian about the system. -Anyone- in the qualified pool could win. It guaranteed maximal mediocrity and at the same time prevented the tyranny of the cult of personality.
There were some notable exceptions however. For example, Pericles. There was also a down side. The Jury de Jour put Socrates to death because he was a pain in the ass. Socrates had the ever loving gall to point out that Athens was ruled (by and large) by donkeys and asses. Socrates star pupil, Plato, showed there was one thing even worse than that: rule by philosophers. The Athenian system, like any other form of government did not work all that well. Aside from the rule of Asses there was the occasional pro-Spartan Fascist putsch, like the Rule of the Thirty. These Fascist eruptions came and went followed by the usual politics of Revenge. As Socrates found out.