The Holistic Democratic Representation Hypothesis

The work of the UNOSDG is underpinned by recent academic advances in democratic representation theory, in particular Rithel's Holistic Democratic Representation Hypothesis (HDRH). The HDRH analyses the situation of an "ideal" democratic forum attempting to generate a joint declaration (or statement) which all members can agree to endorse. An "ideal" democracy, for the purposes of the HDRH, is one in which each voice carries equal weight — in other words, there are no hierarchical structures to "filter" members' voices or promote some at the expense of others, such as political parties or elected representatives. Formally, the HDRH posits that as group size (G) increases, the degree of incoherence and addition of random unconnected detail (entropy, S) also rises — as the document's provisions try to take into account the increasing variation in individuals' preferences and beliefs. Thus, by induction, as group size tends to infinity, so the randomness and lack of coherence of any agreed statement tends to that generated automatically by a computer seeded by a genuine random number engine (ie nonsense).

The UNOSDG's work is based on a further conceptual leap. Researchers from the UNOSDG's own in-house team observed that democratic decision-making on a global level is heavily muddied by the hierarchical distortions of nation states, political parties, educational institutions, lobby groups, local, national and international media, the academic elite, religious organisations and teachings, transnational corporations and international governance instutions, all of whom distort and suppress the voice of the earth's true citizenry, ordinary people. From the perspective of global democratic decision-making, the Earth's population is a close enough approximation of infinity. Taking the HDR Hypothesis into consideration, it was thereby reasoned that computer-generated random documents must necessarily better represent the views of the people than any document generated by existing democratic institutions. Any degree of coherence or readability could only have been introduced to consensus documents by those very distortions that prevent ordinary people from having their rightful say in pressing issues of global governance.