A New Constitution

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.

6 thoughts on “A New Constitution”

  1. // University Accused of Secretly Photographing Students for Facial Recognition Study

    Facial recognition researchers obtained these photos at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) without their permission, according to the Colorado Springs Independent. The study, which began in 2012, was conducted by Professor Terrance Boult, who had mounted a camera to a building in an area of heavy foot traffic to capture images of passing students.

    This collection created a dataset called “UnConstrained College Students,” which is being used for training facial recognition algorithms and surveillance tools. The collection of this data was funded, at least in part, by U.S. military and intelligence agencies.



      1. “It absolutely should be article 1 of the Constitution”

        I’m not sure about there…. I think the best place to start is with the tech companies own PR… they made a big deal about wanting to be public utilities… then treat them as such. The electric or water company can’t refuse to hook you up because they don’t like that Trump (or Sanders) sign in your yard…

        And I suspect that a massive group of legal sledgehammers need to be taken to ‘terms of service’ agreements and refusals to actually say which post violated what term in what way…

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  2. “Don’t we need a new constitution…?”

    TERRIBLE IDEA!! Do you really want to give the loons running the country today the opportunity to start from scratch with a new constitution???

    The U.S. Constitution is a unique masterpiece among the world’s national constitutions: It’s not only the oldest national constitution still active, it’s also the shortest (only 4 large pages, with only 7,591 words including all its amendments). By contrast, the Lisbon Treaty
    (EU Constitution) has over 3,000 pages, and we all know how well the EU is working out in its very short history.

    The beautify of our constitution is its relative simplicity, along with its ability to add amendments as necessary to meet the America’s evolving democracy. So add amendments from time to time, but leave the basic document alone!


    1. In a practical sense, I agree — we’d likely get a worse one, not a better one.

      There are problems with ours and one thing I’d like to do is actually study some constitutions.

      On the question of corporations — the question is what is the state. The corporations aren’t part of the government but there’s an argument to be made that they are part of the state, understood more broadly.


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