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Privatizing Legislation

Why wait for Congress to pass a law if you can set incentives for society to abide by a new rule? One example is the effort to allow companies to opt into anti-discrimination policies (ENDA -- never passed by Congress). They could be sued by employees if they break the rule, in return they can display a seal of participation. From NYT http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/magazine/11ideas1-18.html

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Term Limits for Chief Justice

Advocates of Supreme Court reform call for a number of changes, including term limits for the Chief Justice and mechanisms to identify justices who are no longer performing adequately. Boston.com http://bit.ly/bjDjri

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Assign Senators Based on Demographics, Not State Lines

Current Senate seats give way too much power to small states. One proposal suggests basing Senate seats on demographics such as income, age or jobs figures. Washington Post http://bit.ly/aGVbJm

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Governments Waive Copyright

The Dutch government has established "no copyright" as the default on government web sites. Creative Commons: http://bit.ly/bB9QWB

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Approach Legislative Change in Small Steps

Historians argue that major legislative reform rarely happens, but legislation involving many effective small steps does. Salon Magazine http://bit.ly/91O3gX

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Vote For Bills in Congress

Votetocracy allows you to vote for current bills in Congress, contact your representatives, and pool your influence. http://ow.ly/jqdU

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For Road Safety, Get Rid of Stoplights, Road Signs, Crosswalks

The "shared space" movement in Europe promotes road safety by getting rid of traffic laws, stoplights, road signs, and crosswalks. This encourages everyone to be careful and cooperate. It has been adopted in over 100 cities. Christian Science Monitor http://bit.ly/aR0jCV

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Create Your Own Floating Island Nation

The Seasteading Institute of Palo Alto plans for self-sufficient, deep-sea platforms which become independent countries. NY Times http://nyti.ms/9EMMEk

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Misdemeanor Insurance

If the chance of getting caught in a misdemeanor (parking ticket, speeding) is small, why not band together with other freeloaders and create an insurance market? The Atlantic http://bit.ly/ae1rWa

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If You Stab Someone, Use A Sharp Blade

Case law in England suggests that if you stab someone with a sharp blade, it is easier to say it was a mistake since it took very little force. The Guardian http://bit.ly/amjH5z

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