A Constitution Borne Out of Actual Bullets

When Sergio Verdugo published his post "The Chilean Political Crisis and Constitutions as Magic Bullets", Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera’s approval rate was at 14%. Less than a week later, polls suggest a worrying and unprecedented 9% support. Although President Piñera has adopted significant measures, people are still protesting. It is not likely that this will change until the people have had the opportunity to participate in constitutional deliberations – and it is now upon the President to act.

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The Chilean Political Crisis and Constitutions as Magic Bullets

Chile is currently experiencing the most severe crisis since the dictatorship. One of the proposals to solve this crisis is to replace the current Constitution. Proponents of a constitutional replacement should consider two caveats: First, the constitution-making process should not weaken the representative institutions but strengthen them, and second, the promises need to be realistic as Constitutions are not magic bullets capable of instantaneously responding to social demands.

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Afghanistan: Was für ein Desaster

Hamid Karzai ist ein Präsident, der eins der ärmsten und gewalttätigsten Länder der Erde regiert und die Demokratie eine prima Sache findet, weil er als Präsident eine Menge Möglichkeiten hat, seine Wiederwahl durch gefälschte Stimmen abzusichern. Das ist soweit gar nichts besonderes. Davon gibt es – das kann man sagen, ohne zynisch zu sein – […]

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