Crowd-Sourced Constitutional Convention

Iceland is crowdsourcing the process of developing a new constitution. This ought to be a fascinating case-study for democratic and constitutional theorists, but how generalizable could it be? Offhand I can think of three reasons it may not be applicable to, say, Nigeria.

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4 Responses to Crowd-Sourced Constitutional Convention

  1. Lance says:

    I was just telling my Icelandic mother, Agusta Gudmunsdottir Harting, that Iceland gets an unusually large amount of attention for a tiny obscure island country of about 300,000 people with no real significance in world affairs since about 1000 AD.

    And here it appears on my favorite blog.

    I’m beginning to think that my old Norse kinsman are media whores. To their credit they did establish the first parliamentary system in 930 AD, or so they claim.

    Stop by my house some time and I’ll have my mom drop by with some Harkal, fermented shark meat that has been buried in the sand in a sheep’s skin for about six months and then dug up and hung in a wooden shed for another month or two.

    Even having been weaned on such Icelandic stables as pickled whale’s blubber (sorry GreenPeace) and Hangijot (deeply smoked leg of lamb) I wretched at my first sniff of this putrefied “delicacy” .

    I still find it inedible, and it was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s Travel Channel show No Reservations as “The single worst, most disgusting and terrible tasting thing I have ever tasted.”

    I bet you can hardly wait.

  2. Lance says:

    Oops “stables” should of course been typed “staples”. I wasn’t raised with the Icelandic horses which have their own peculiar attributes.

  3. lukas says:

    Offhand I can think of three reasons it may not be applicable to, say, Nigeria.

    That’s three good arguments against the desirability of entities like Nigeria.

  4. James Hanley says:

    Lance–I’ll pass. But if you could remind me what that ferocious Icelandic liquor I drank at my friend’s wedding was?

    Lukas–If I may, let me adjust that to “Nigeria as it is right now.

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