The Constitution is not the most exciting document ever written—it's true. It is written the way it is to be as clear as possible. The Constitution is an agreement and it is really important for people to understand what they are agreeing to, especially since it outlines how to proceed when people don't agree.
The subjective Principles aim to communicate the intention behind the objective rules and how they should be interpreted. Understanding why the rules exist and what they are intended to do will hopefully lead to a critical culture which is resistant to the creep of blind bureaucracy. If you have a deeper interest in the Principles, see 'What's the real deal with the Principles?'
The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119.
§5a.6 of the constitution reads:
"A Visitor is allowed to stay up to two consecutive nights. Before the third night, they need to gather informal agreement among the other residents to stay longer."
This means a visitor should talk to their host about staying longer than 2 days, and is further recommended to observe and enquire about their compatibility with the existing residents. Residents should communicate pressing issues with a visitor directly, or with their host.
This section is to make sure that nobody assumes they can stay for a week or more without checking in with the residents. Kanthaus only works because of our functional social dynamics and we want to make sure that those are not disturbed by people who just don't fit in. But we still want to be open and make it possible for complete strangers to visit us – who knows, maybe that random hitchhiker will be our next Member? This balance can only be maintained with regular communication.
There's no need to run around and actively look for every single person in the space, but a general awareness that a prolonged stay is not a given. Normally, Kanthausians who have a problem with you will approach you on their own, but they'll definitely appreciate your proactivity!
Ideally everyone who is involved in the project will become a Member in order to reduce the inequality between individuals and thereby uphold the Principle of Equality. As such the Volunteer position is intended to be temporary. The 3 month window gives a decent period of time to get a good impression of the compatibility between the project and the individual. At the end of the 3 months a Volunteer can reapply if they still feel not ready to become a Member. Alternatively, a Volunteer could upgrade to Member even before the 3 months is over.
Making decisions about people is a social minefield. A danger of open voting regarding Positions is that people want to show that they are 'nice' by voting to support an individual they don't actually support, which can result in a loss of trust and cooperation. Additionally, since decisions on Positions require no work to be done in order to implement them, there is no need for voter accountability to ensure it happens.
A preliminary vote is used to encourage independent thought and counteract anchoring during the subsequent discussion. The vote is done anonymously to counteract groupthink and peer pressure from deterring people to express their honest opinion.
The different weighting between 'support' and 'oppose' votes is a way of upholding the Principal of Acceptance. This has the philosophical basis that it is generally more preferable to 'avoid suffering' than 'increase happiness'. There is also a procedural advantage since accounting, monitoring and sanctioning have a significant cost.
The three main Principles—Autonomy, Equality and Acceptance—are fundamental positions or axioms meaning they have no logical basis. While there may be no logical basis for the Principles, hopefully you will be able to appreciate their value by reflecting on your own experiences. They are also defined negatively for clarity and falsifiability.
These Principles aim to provide a holistic approach to collective action if simultaneously upheld as far as possible. In many cases optimizing for just one would harm the other two: only optimizing for Autonomy could lead to an individualism, only optimizing for Equality could lead to majoritarianism or extractive open-access scenarios and only optimizing for acceptance could erode the concept of the individual. (On reflection, these Principles closely resemble those adopted by the French Revolution: Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité... interesting.)
Yes, much of the philosophy, theory, structure and details were heavily influenced by—
The Haus Kante Wurzen w.V. (See §4.) This association has been set up for compatibility/stability with the legal system, since not owning the building or owning them in a different way can quickly lead to project collapse. There are seven members of this association at the time of writing. The association has been lent money used to buy the buildings by individuals involved in the project which it is obliged to repay.