us politics A Constitution Based On Science? Chile is contemplating a constitution steeped in science. A Constitution Based On Science? President Gabriel Boric of Chile holding the proposal (Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images)
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Chile is currently contemplating a new constitution that is steeped in science. The proposal was finalized on July 4th, leading to it becoming the nation best selling book (nice to see a populace carrying about small matters like a constitution).

Flocks of Chilean citizens have purchased online and paperback copies of the new possible legal guidebook.

What about science?

The new constitution plans to 'boost science, expand environmental protection, and improve the nation's education system, a drastic difference from the current constitution enacted over 40 years ago under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

The new proposal says scientific achievements and technological solutions should be used to help improve the quality of life of Chileans while providing 'continuous improvement of public services and goods (doesn't sound too bad).

It also says the state has a duty to prevent and adapt to the risks of the climate and biodiversity crises.

One Catch

Despite the public excitement the constitution isn't guaranteed to pass a September 4th vote due to opponents' concerns with some of the language, including a lack of intellectual property rights (could just add those) which could cause entrepreneurs to take their investments out of Chile.

Walter Yeates
Walter Yeates August 23rd, 2022
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