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Re: <nettime> Mexico City is crowdsourcing its new constitution
John Hopkins on Wed, 8 Jun 2016 09:13:02 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> Mexico City is crowdsourcing its new constitution

Some may be interested in the failed case of a 'citizen's constitutional rewrite' that occured in Iceland five years ago. It was a more-or-less complete failure (on electorial technicalities and with heavy right-wing 'Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn' party opposition -- the very same one whose PM was a principle actor in the failure of the banking system -- and the same party that enjoyed a recent post-crash resurgence despite their abominable record.)

A few pertinent links:




I know a few of the folks who were part of the elected constitutional assembly in 2010 -- but haven't had a sustained conversation with any of them about what went wrong in their opinion.

Some of the more radical points in the draft (as listed in the wikipedia article):

-- ‘one person, one vote' (in the existing system, a candidate 'requires much more votes to be elected as an MP in Reykjavik than in one of the more rural areas') -- a referendum on abolishing the state church (polls indicated 73% would vote in favour of separation of church and state); -- a number of changes to government, including not automatically making the biggest party's leader PM, introducing a ten-year limit for PM terms, and that a vote of no confidence should have to include a proposed replacement PM.
-- obliging the state to provide internet access to all citizens;
-- introducing a three-term limit for the President;
-- allowing 15% of voters to put bills to parliament or call for a referendum on proposed laws; -- restricting government size to ten ministers, and barring ministers from being MPs at the same time;
-- declaring Iceland's natural resources public property.


Dr. John Hopkins, BSc, MFA, PhD
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