As I read Shoshana Zuboff, I keep thinking this. At the time when the nation-state was born, the US Constitution was created to regulate the relationship between the people and the state. But now the state is outsourcing, ceding and losing the powers that the Constitution regulated to private entities. Don’t we need a new constitution that would prevent the abuses of power by those who now hold it?
“Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech” is one of the greatest ideas humanity has come up with. And it’s still crucial. But freedom of speech is being increasingly abridged by entities that didn’t exist in the 18th century. And it’s being abridged in ways no state could have dreamt of. And it’s just the beginning. We will be censored, invaded and controlled more and more as technology improves.
I think we need a new constitution. A new contract between the people and what is shaping up to be the new government. I think we need new libertarians who are bothered by the encroachments on our freedom by these new governing bodies. Obviously, we shouldn’t forget about the coercive power of the state. But let’s start noticing the other coercive power that’s on the rise.
It makes sense to come up with the social contract at the beginning of the process because that’s when you still get to have input. The Founding Fathers didn’t say, hey, let’s hang around for a century, see how it all shakes out and then decide what the rules should be. If you don’t define the rules at the beginning of the game, you’ll find out that they kind of shape up without your input.