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
Previously we argued that the members of a Court of Audit should be assigned by sortition or random selection to improve its independency from the government, which the Court has to monitor. In this part we will argue to charge Courts of Audit with another duty: supervision of Central Banks. Continue reading Court of Audit 2
Many countries have a Court of Audit, a body charged with performing financial audits on the government. Or put simply a Court of Audit has to check whether public expenditure is used in a sensible way. Because of this role, this body should be independent from the government. Continue reading Court of Audit
Public libraries around the world are under financial pressure. Self-imposed austerity forces governments, especially local governments to cut subsidies and to raise membership fees. And many public libraries are forced to sell off part of their collection in order to survive. Continue reading Cooperative libraries
A long time I was thinking of ways the government might help to promote the use of open-source software (OSS). Now I realize I was looking at the issue from the wrong side. Proprietary software depends on the enforcement of intellectual property rights by the government. Continue reading Opensource and taxation
There are some unsolved issues relating to space colonization. Two of them are the effects of low gravity and space radiation on the human body. Hence we propose two research programs before space colonization will be realized. Continue reading Two research proposals
The battle against “illegal” downloading seems to be unwinnable and hence the traditional model of rewarding authors, musicians and other creative artists need to be revised. In our opinion an alternative compensation system is the best solution to protecting intellectual rights in the digital age. Continue reading Data Download Tax
Earlier we proposed the talent as the national currency of the Humanist Republic of Mordan. Each self-respecting currency has its own currency. We propose the following symbol as the sign of the Mordan Talent:
This symbol has Unicode 1D6F (latin small letter m with middle tilde). The m stands for Mordan and the tilde distinguishes with from normal letters.
For people with trouble to display above symbol, we have put a JPEG below:
We propose the following clause to the Mordan constitution:
No trade agreement shall infringe upon the rule of law, public health, human rights, animal welfare or the environment.
No trade agreement will be ratified unless such agreement is approved by two-thirds of the eligible voters in a referendum.
This clause is in line with our position on alter-globalization.