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Adam van Kuik

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To create a foundation of the Constitution of the World.

I am wondering what would be in a world constitution/Bill of Rights? TED is the place to start this conversation. I will offer the first amendment to this new constitution, which is the United States first amendment: All countries on Earth "shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

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    Nov 24 2011: A "World Bill of Rights" exists, sort of, as the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, easily found on the web.It took forever to get agreement on it, and in the end it's a mix of basic rights like speech and more specific "rights" like unemployment compensation and survivor's pensions (Article 25). Even these latter are called "human rights," which seems to downgrade the entire document to a wish list.

    I think the world is very, very far from having or wanting a "world constitution." The cultures are too different for that. Even in Europe, where the members of EU are all part of the western tradition, they've not been able to agree on a multinational constitution for EU. Also, since every country would be a small minority of the total countries who would have to agree on a world constitution, it's guaranteed that no country would get all the features of their national constitution adopted. So pretty much all countries would like the world constitution less than their national constitution that they made themselves. I have to admit I wouldn't like to have the Asian countries rewrite our constitution.