[ExI] constitution amendments, was: iranian riots all a huge mistake

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Tue Jul 14 14:39:53 UTC 2009

2009/7/14 spike <spike66 at att.net>:

>> ...would it make it any
>> better if a government or law could only be changed if, say,
>> 2/3 of the population agree? Stathis Papaioannou
> Ja, but recall that it is difficult to get 2/3 of the voters to agree on
> *anything* including the color of snow and whether the sun will rise
> tomorrow.  That fact gives the constitution some degree of stability.  The
> military insures that the government stays within the bounds of the
> constitution, for it is that document that defines who is in command of that
> awesome force.

But I don't see why it should be considered a good thing per se that
changing laws should be very difficult. What if they're bad laws? It's
like being subject to the edicts of an ancient dictatorship; fine if
you agree with the edicts, not so good if you don't.

Stathis Papaioannou

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