I expect we can expect a bit of opinion polling targeting constitutions in the next few weeks/months.
US Steve has already sent a link to a blog he's set up with his notes for constitutional discussion.
Bearing in mind that middle eastern politician on the mountain top with his flaming passion and stone tablets etching out his ten commandments while in communion with his lord. Well it seemed easy enough at the time; thou shalt not kill, steal, rape or pillage. What happened? Why, over 2000 years later, are we still coming to terms in writing with what our inner gods tell us (or would if we listened).
Anyway, Steve's email would suggest this is a discussion the whole world should be having about it's respective constitutions (or lack of). So, am throwing this wide open for anyone who happens by. Iraq needs a constitution, Australia needs a bill of human rights (bit of a disconnect between here and here) and the US govt needs to be held accountable to it's original document and stop torturing people and breaching international human rights conventions as well as it's own constitutional obligations. Seeing as it has the largest armory in the world and the potential to cause more harm then any civilian in Iraq ever could.
Can a constitution disarm a nuclear warhead?
What is a constitution when our leaders deign themselves above it?
Is property more important then having your fingernails pulled?
How many constitutions over time have wound up subverted by scurrilous self-appointed deities?
Does Iraq have, buried in it's history, a founding document that encompasses equality and freedom?
Do we all have, buried in our psyche, a founding blueprint that encompasses the same?
Can a constitution ensure these things?
Or is a constitution simply a path, along which we trundle our subconscious carts, our bound and packaged ideals.
And if a constitution is a path - what lies at the end? Is it really Utopia? How do we get there? How do we get there when we have traveled so far and so long and for so many centuries and have still not arrived?
Update; net constitution.