the humanist society

August 4th, 2007 by Romeo Anghelache

Some principles should be positioned at the start of any nation’s constitution:

1. Limit of individual power: no individual can, at any time, own more resources than the amount necessary for a human to live a full-length life in dignity (say, a lifetime of average wages).

2. Limit of state power: all the state transactions and decisions are public records accessible for any of its citizens at any time.

In fact these are the two facets of a single principle: keep ourselves reasonably distanced from the two extremes where our (lack of) intelligence may lead, and, this way, from the harm, even without being aware of it, we can do to others.

3. Qualified voting: each of the state-wide decisions have to be taken by counting votes from authenticated qualified voters directly (not through representatives). Qualified voters are citizens who pass a minimal test of familiarity with the matter they’re voting about. Qualified voting should happen as often as necessary. The Internet is an appropriate medium for this process.

Yep, brick and mortar parliaments are obsolete. Welcome virtual parliaments.

What, none of these is written yet in your country’s constitution? Hold them as objectives to be reached in your lifetime and, at least, boredom will avoid you.

This would be a good starting point for a humanist society, don’t you think?

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