As other countries grow in importance, the central role of the United States shrinks. No longer can America play the traditional part of dominating hegemon; it must become a more pragmatic, honest broker, sharing power as it attempts to build coalitions, reclaim its lost legitimacy, and continue to define the global agenda.None of this will be easy for a country whose leaders have become accustomed to unquestioned dominance, and the obstacles facing the United States have only grown taller since the original publication of the book.But the rise of the rest is the great story of our time, one that will shape the future of global power, and it has arrived earlier than anyone expected. Can America adapt to this new era, or will it become the only country that, in a globalized world of its own making, forgot to globalize itself?

I understand your hypothesis, but I do not believe looking at Iceland’s example is prudent. Seeking a fresh economic start does not require a constitutional convention, nor does it justify one. Trashing core documents is a tempting path during a crisis period. The false illusion of going back to zero and restarting assumes that the bad habits that got you to the crisis point won’t be waiting for you later on.Hey, I have a better idea. Instead of trying to change the constitution lets try to follow it! The constitution is the supreme law of the land… How about applying the constitution to any law being passed? That way you’ll know when government is overreaching. Don’t change the constitution – ENFORCE IT.

Hate to break it to you…but the constitution has been changed before… 27 times to be exact (although the first 10 are what you would call The Bill of Rights). it took a change to the constitution to eliminate slavery and give those former slaves the same god-given right to vote that white men had. it took a change to the constitution to give women the right to vote. the constitution is a living document that the founders designed with the idea that we can change it to adapt to the world. they could not forsee everything that was going to happen in the world, so they gave us article 5 which lays out the amendment process. sorry to rain on your ”never change the document” parade with reality.