Tim Dunlop states that Islam is incompatible with democracy
. He is wrong, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia have all voted in secular political parties, rather than religious ones. The muslims in these nations have chosen good government first. Iraq's problem is that their equivalent of the "Bearded Men" is deciding what the country will look like for the next century.
It took sixty-eight years for Australians to get the racism out of their constitution. It is one of the few referendums that has passed. The people are wise, the politicians - not so much. Once a political meme is established in constitutional or statutory law, it is exceptionally difficult to eradicate in a representative democracy. No matter how damaging those laws are. It took Australia seventy years to remove the White Australia Policy. It took eighty to remove the protectionist policies. We still have not made it with a Bill of Rights or Republican Constitution, both of which were innovations well before the Australian Constitution was written.
Iraq has their version of Deakin, Barton and Griffiths deciding they know what is best for the people. I expect in 2080 a young Iraqi will be writing to the terran nets about how they have finally managed to eradicate sharia law from their constitution with a referendum vote.
When small groups of specialists come together to decide the future of a people, they invariably get it wrong. The Iraqis writing the present constitution are no different. The people are wise, and if this constitution was put to the people, line by line, then they would get back just what a superior constitution should be.
When the people decide, wisdom comes to the fore, when small groups of specialists decide, inferior outcomes inevitably result.
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The articles that have been viewed the most:
Most Popular Restaurants in Phoenix
Phoenix Eats Out
is the restaurant review site for Phoenix
and Old Town Scottsdale
which lists the modernist and contemporary restaurants, taverns and bars in the greater Phoenix area.
This is the list of the most popular restaurants pages from phoenixeatsout.com that have been viewed the most;
My personal favourite restaurants in Phoenix are AZ88
, Humble Pie
, Orange Table
, The Vig
and others coming close behind. View the complete list with the photo-journalistic style images on phoenixeatsout.com
Most Popular Hikes in Arizona
Arizona is an outdoor state and has lots of hiking in the city and around the state. Phoenix is unusual for most cities in having several large mountains in the center of the city with great hiking. Anyone who comes to Phoenix has to do the Echo Canyon trail on Camelback
and the Summit Hike on Squaw Peak
or Piesta Peak. The views of the city, suburbs and surrounding mountains are wonderful from Camelback and Piesta Peak.
For more experienced hikers there is the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale that has several difficult and strenuous hikes in Tom's Thumb
and Bell Pass
. Alternatively, you can hike the highest mountain in Arizona. At 12,600 feet Humphrey's Peak
is a long and difficult hike.
Alternate Australian Constitutions
Between 2004 and 2009 this site, southsearepublic.org
, was a constitutional blog based on scoop which focused on Australian and global constitutional issues.
One of the strongest aspects of it was the development of constitutions by those involved in the blog. These constitutions are the outcome:
The constitutions were built using principles from Montesquieu's separation of powers, the enlightnment's universal political rights and the ancient Athenian technology of sortition and choice by lot.
Archives For South Sea Republic
South Sea Republic started in 2004 as an Australian constitutional blog in 2004 based on scoop software. It was an immigrative outgrowth of Kuro5hin. The archives for each year since then;
The articles are ordered by views.
Who Is Cam Riley
I am an Australian living in the United States as a permanent resident.
I am a software developer by trade and mostly work in Java and jump between middleware and front end.
I originally worked in the New York area of the United States in telecommunications before moving to Washington DC and
working in a mix of telecommunications, energy and ITS. I started my own software company before heading out to
Arizona and working with Shutterfly. Since then I have joined a startup in the Phoenix area and am thoroughly enjoying myself.
I do a lot of photography which I post on this website, but also on flickr. I have a photo-journalistic website which lists
the modernist and contemporary restaurants in phoenix. I have a site on the Australian Flying Corps [AFC]
which has been around since the 1990s and which I unfortunately
lost the .org URL to during a life event; however, it is under the www.australianflyingcorps.com
The AFC website has gone through several iterations since the 90s and the two most recent are Australian Flying Corps Archives(2004-2002)
Australian Flying Corps Archives(2002-1999)
which are good places to start.
Websites Worth Reading
Websites of friends, colleagues and of interest;