I'm not sure if I've mentioned here before that last semester, for one of my finals, I wrote a new constitution to the United States. Anyway, I did, and this semester the teacher I turned it in to asked me if he could submit it for consideration for an award. I agreed, obviously, but also asked if I could make changes -- I only had a month or so to work on the first draft, so it's far from perfect, and I know for sure that there are big things I left out, including a lot of commentary I wanted to leave in there (none of that "what was the intent?" bullshit going on in my constitution) -- and it turns out, I can.,
So I've just started reading through the first draft, and I'm going to be making changes pretty fluidly, and I figured since I hadn't blogged yet today, I'd keep a post open and throw up what I think is interesting or what I might like comment on.
I added a paragraph to the preamble:
I find it difficult to imagine a system of government that doesn't exert a strong pressure towards particular kinds of lifestyle choices, so I'm not going to shy away from that possibility. This government will express philosophical beliefs, and it will structure society in accordance with those beliefs. In being transparent about that fact, I hope to leave it open to honest, reasonable criticism and a process of improvement.
I added a whole new section, called Social Context:
The first time I wrote this document, I was writing for an abstract country of about the United States of America's size. This time through, I'm going to write as if I'm proposing a constitution that will actually guide a new government being installed over the remains of the previous US government.
For the purposes of this document, the name of the country will be the Post-American Experiment, or PAX. Pun intended.
The young government of PAX asks, for the first ten years of organization, that other developed countries lend assistance in the form of temporary military presence, and assistance in a peacekeeping government and a forgiving, peace-minded judicial system. We ask this not because we think it's the best light in which to guide a transition, but because we think it's better than leaving the nation's infrastructure and culture to anarchy for a decade while issues of structure and governance are worked out. We ask for the assistance of multiple countries, from around the world, so we can begin our nation in a worldwide gesture of mutual benefit, goodwill towards international relations, and positive-sum politics.
There's more, but I'm going to wrap it up from here.