Sep 6, 2013

Constitutional protection of human rights. Japan. Alaska.

Japan Constitution


Article 11. The people shall not be prevented from enjoying any of the fundamental human rights. These fundamental human rights guaranteed to the people by this Constitution shall be conferred upon the people of this and future generations as eternal and inviolate rights.

This is good protection by the Constitution. This is quite rare among countries.

We need similar Constitutional protection for citizen ownership and citizen dividend as eternal and inviolate rights.

Even the well protected Alaska Permanent Fund dividend is not fully protected. There have been failed attempts by politicians and others to stop this iconic citizen dividend.

The Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend: A Case Study in Implementation of a Basic Income Guarantee
"Although the Permanent Fund balance, which ultimately determines the size of the PFD, is constitutionally protected, there is no such guarantee for the annual distribution. The legislature has the authority to change the formula at any time and could, by law, eliminate it entirely. Its only guarantee is its political popularity. No legislator would suggest a change in the formula that would reduce its amount or the share of Permanent Fund earnings allocated to the dividend for fear of losing the next and all subsequent elections."
Democrats Push Permanent Fund Dividend Protection In Light Of Oil Giveaway April 3, 2013
"JUNEAU – Today eight Democratic legislators filed legislation to protect the Permanent Fund Dividend by placing the current dividend formula in the Alaska Constitution."

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