Examining Generational Constitutions

Posted on July 30, 2018

Throughout history, technologies that have increased access to and the range of available information have fundamentally shifted the legal and moral structures that have governed societies.  The invention of the printing press in 1517 allowed Martin Luther to expose the hypocrisy and injustices occurring within the church in regards to purchasing forgiveness, creating a split in the Catholic Church that radically changed European culture.  Postal mail in the U.S. allowed small firms to coordinate at

How to Create an Evolving Constitution

Posted on July 23, 2018

The next significant shift in political thinking will occur when candidates and citizens understand that the existing social, economic, and political structures are not natural laws and do not bind us to a fate outside of our control.  Our present legal structure stems from our Constitution, a document that was a profound reimagining of social, economic, and political structures. In a previous blog post, we argued that a strict and literal interpretation of a document

“I set out on this ground which I suppose to be self-evident: ‘That the earth belongs in usufruct to the living;’ that the dead have neither powers nor rights over it… We seem not to have perceived that by the law of nature, one generation is to another as one independent nation to another.” –Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1789. ME 7:454, Papers 15:392

Modern American society has seen a sharp divide in the legal

Recently OurSociety members have been volunteering at my local High School to have discussions with students about the role of voting in our society. These discussions begin by talking about why people do not vote, making a list on the board.  Then we ask. “What would need to change for people to vote?” and make an opposing list. My experiences have led me to understand that voting and civic engagement are especially relevant to the

OurSociety Roadmap

Posted on March 22, 2018

At its core, OurSociety is both a Free and Open Election Campaign Platform and a social movement. Our purpose is to empower more people than ever before to become involved in their communities and beyond. Because OurSociety is a collective social project, we want to be sure we are as transparent as possible with our planning and process. Below you will find our Roadmap for the Free and Open Election Campaign platform. This details the