Apr 1, 17 / Tau 07, 01 07:08 UTC
Re: Discussion for the Constitution Table of Contents ¶
My initial thoughts are similar to @yovy - that many articles is bound to make the constitution mind numbingly long.
There are a number of articles which I think are better left to legislative documents rather than enshrining them in something which covers the broad concepts and rules of a society.
I will study what you have written and come back with a more complete set of thoughts however on principle a constitution should be short enough to not become tedious to the average non-legal person and extremely easy to understand. A constitution is really about defining the society/grouping/club/etc not about the legislation of day to day life or the "how-to" of the system being described.
without to much thought yet:
- I can't really see a point in Article 5 when we have the declaration of unity which basically states these
- I agree that Article 8 should assume that rights are inherent and that the constitution just protects those. Once again there should be as little intemising of specific things as possible. Rather just a statement of broad principles such as @yovy has suggested.
- Article 9, I agree "obligations" is problematic and is not the correct wording. it possibly shouldn't be there at all however there is an argument for a "duty of citizens to protect and support.....etc"
- Article 10 should really be included in Article 8
- Not sure what the intent of Article 11 is. I think we need feedback on that from the originators of the document. In short defining the citizenry as a resource is problematic for many reasons relating to the many unfettered desires for power that we have as humans however the intent might have been to define the resources needed to run the society. If this is the case then I don't think it is necessary to have this anywhere in the constitution as it is a legislative definition
- I'm not sure Article 23 to 27 are really the sort of thing that should be in the constitution as they are resolutions taken up as initiatives which can be legislated on, rather than items that are necessary for the defining of a society.
- Having Articles 31 - 35, Article 36 seems to be something that would be covered in the minutia of legislation as well.