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OMG!!

Have you read the proposed constitution?

http://stjornlagarad.is/other_files/stjornlagarad/Frumvarp-e...

It's choc full of wants and needs (AKA "rights") that the state must now provide.

Here's a few articles that stand out:

Article 22.
Social rights
All shall be assured of the right to an adequate standard of living and social security.
All in such need shall be guaranteed a right by law to public social security and public assistance, such as due to unemployment, childbirth, old age, poverty, disability, illness, permanent impairment or similar circumstances.

[Please note the closing statement "or similar circumstances.", this is what I have come to call "an enabling statement"]

Article 23.
Health services
All shall have the right to mental and physical health to the highest standard possible.
All shall by law have the right to an accessible, appropriate and adequate health service.

Article 24.
Education
All shall by law have the right to a general education according to their ability.
All subject to compulsory education shall be offered such education without charge.
Education shall be adjusted to the general ability of each individual and be in line with critical awareness of human rights, democratic rights and duties.

An English translation of the full proposal can be found here:
http://stjornlagarad.is/other_files/stjornlagarad/Frumvarp-e...

After reading this proposal I would have to agree with the title of this article in The Guardian:

Mob rule: Iceland crowdsources its next constitution.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/09/iceland-crowdsou...

This quote comes to mind:

“Bread and Circuses is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader—the barbarians enter Rome."
— Robert A. Heinlein