Monday, December 05, 2005

Buchanan on Constitutional Amendments

James Buchanan proposes the following 3 constitutional amendments for the US:

1) Balanced Budget Amendment;
2) Nondiscriminatory Politics Amendment;
3) Natural Liberty Amendment.

Read the whole thing here.

In the essay, there is a quote of Hayek's which is worth repeating here:

"In the 1978 video-taped interview, F.A. Hayek stated to me that a constitutional amendment should read:

"Congress shall make no law authorizing government
to take any discriminatory measures of coercion".

He went on to add that, with such an amendment, all of the other rights would be unnecessary." (my emphasis)

Hmm..Just wonder how many of our "fighters for democracy" here in Hong Kong get what Hayek and Jim Buchanan are trying to say here.

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