Public urination is generally considered as a bad thing, in particular in built-up areas. An effective method to reduce public urination is through opening public toilets. Though these are a public service, public toilets are usually for-pay services. Continue reading Pecunia non olet
A couple of years ago there had been some controversy in the Netherlands about the fact that the country’s food safety board (NVWA) did not disclose the results of its inspection of food vendors such as restaurants. Business who did violate food safety regulation did get fined but this fact was not made public. Since then the law has been changed to allow disclosure of inspection reports. Continue reading Food safety stars
Health care is a costly affair and the best method to reduce a nation’s medical expenses, is to prevent its citizens from getting sick in the first place. Therefore space settlements should focus on preventive medicine in their health policies. Continue reading Health policy
The recent acquisition of open source platform GitHub by the notorious company Microsoft has caused a lot of unrest among the open source community. Fortunately there are alternatives like GitLab and SourceForge, but those could also be acquired by companies with a disputable reputation at some point in the future. Continue reading Public FOSS Repositories
Article II-10, paragraph 3 of our draft constitution:
A well protected privacy, being necessary to the security of a free Society, the right of the people to use strong encryption in correspondence shall not be infringed.
Here a list of things which could be part of a job guarantee program, while avoiding the creation of more “bullshit jobs”.
- Volunteer work
- Home care
- Open Source projects
- Translating foreign documents
- Human power plants
The recent tragedy in West-London in which at least thirty people have died, is probably the result of a lack of investment in fire safety measures by the landlord. According to classical liberalism the principal duty of any government is to protect the life, health and property of its citizens. And in this case both local and national government has utterly failed to protect the residents of Grenfell Tower. Continue reading Housing cooperatives
The appointment of judges is an important issue for any designers of a constitution. Perhaps it is the most difficult aspect of constitutional design. The principal aim of the judiciary is to provide a check on the other branches of government, which is necessary as – according to classical republicanism – power corrupts. A system of checks and balances is an essential feature of a republican constitution. Continue reading Democratic appointment
Attempts to improve representative democracy usually involve the use of referendums or popular initiative. However, both are quite blunt tools as complex issues are reduced to a simple “yes or no” and often result in ambiguous results as is demonstrated by recent referendums in the Netherlands and the UK. Continue reading Citizens panels