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September 15, 2016

Two Reasons for War

Hank Stone


War famously being “hell,” why do we Americans do so much of it? 


There are two big reasons we have wars. 

 

Money, of course, is the obvious reason.  Our country spends about $1 trillion every year on wars and preparations for wars.

 

Everyone who gets that money is understandably concerned that peace may break out. 

 

The man on the street does not want war, but doesn’t like to think about it either.  So he delegates thoughts about war and peace to leaders who promise to keep us safe.  Those leaders generally can gather more personal power, and get a pass for possible misbehavior, if the people are agitated about crazy terrorists under their bed.

 

So everyone who receives a piece of that $1 trillion per year, understandably enough, likes war.

 

The other big reason America gets into wars is a constellation of traditions. 

 

Everyone who was around after World War 2 was regaled by heroic tales of brave soldiers, who kept America safe by fighting “the good war.”  We have experienced parades, marching bands, snappy uniforms, medals, and clean-cut, disciplined, fearless young men.

 

At the same time, the U.S. economy has been strong for our whole lives.  The Korean War was unsatisfying, and the Vietnam War was problematic, but the institution of war never wrecked our economy.  War keeps us safe.  Freedom isn’t free.

 

Periods of war, punctuated by periods of peace, seem normal to us.  Our children watch GI Joe cartoons, and celebrate the death of the evil “other.”

 

When so instructed, we citizens seamlessly switch from fear of Germans and Asians, to fear of possible terrorists – anyone who looks Middle Eastern.

 

There is an important difference between those who receive money and power from the war system, and we who simply find getting into wars traditional, and normal.

 

The difference is like wolves and sheep having dinner together.  The wolves make the arrangements, and collect the money.  The sheep appreciate the tradition, but recognize too late that they are on the menu.

 

In our money-oriented culture, it’s hard to fault the weapons makers and military brass for doing what they do.  But the time has come for the rest of us, who are made poorer and less safe by militarism, to reconsider our support for the tradition of war.

 

For militarily weak countries, war may sometimes be unavoidable.  The U.S., by contrast, has extraordinary military power.  We always have alternatives to war.

 

We Americans don’t need to be aggressors.  We don’t need to be thieves.  We don’t need to be murderers.  We don’t need to be fearful.  And we don’t need to be sheep.

 

by Hank Stone

hstone@rochester.rr.com

OPINION &

COMMENTARY

 

BOOK RESOURCES:


MARTIN, GLEN  Constitution for the Federation of Earth With Historical Introduction, Commentary, and Conclusion (2010)


MARTIN, GLEN Triumph of Civilization:  Democracy, Nonviolence, and the Piloting of Spaceship Earth (2010)


ALMAND, EUGENIA & MARTIN, GLEN  Emerging World Law  Key Documents...Global Constituent Assemblies & the Provisional World Parliament (2009)


Smith, J.W.  Economic Democracy (2009)


MARTIN, GLEN  World Revolution Through World Law  (2006)

(the "blue book")


TETALMAN, JERRY &

BELITSOS, Byron  One World Democracy (2005)

 

 

September 15, 2016

Two Reasons for War

 Hank Stone

 

War famously being “hell,” why do we Americans do so much of it? 

 

There are two big reasons we have wars. 

 

Money, of course, is the obvious reason.  Our country spends about $1 trillion every year on wars and preparations for wars.

 

Everyone who gets that money is understandably concerned that peace may break out. 

 

The man on the street does not want war, but doesn’t like to think about it either.  So he delegates thoughts about war and peace to leaders who promise to keep us safe.  Those leaders generally can gather more personal power, and get a pass for possible misbehavior, if the people are agitated about crazy terrorists under their bed.

 

So everyone who receives a piece of that $1 trillion per year, understandably enough, likes war.

 

The other big reason America gets into wars is a constellation of traditions. 

 

Everyone who was around after World War 2 was regaled by heroic tales of brave soldiers, who kept America safe by fighting “the good war.”  We have experienced parades, marching bands, snappy uniforms, medals, and clean-cut, disciplined, fearless young men.

 

At the same time, the U.S. economy has been strong for our whole lives.  The Korean War was unsatisfying, and the Vietnam War was problematic, but the institution of war never wrecked our economy.  War keeps us safe.  Freedom isn’t free.

 

Periods of war, punctuated by periods of peace, seem normal to us.  Our children watch GI Joe cartoons, and celebrate the death of the evil “other.”

 

When so instructed, we citizens seamlessly switch from fear of Germans and Asians, to fear of possible terrorists – anyone who looks Middle Eastern.

 

There is an important difference between those who receive money and power from the war system, and we who simply find getting into wars traditional, and normal.

 

The difference is like wolves and sheep having dinner together.  The wolves make the arrangements, and collect the money.  The sheep appreciate the tradition, but recognize too late that they are on the menu.

 

In our money-oriented culture, it’s hard to fault the weapons makers and military brass for doing what they do.  But the time has come for the rest of us, who are made poorer and less safe by militarism, to reconsider our support for the tradition of war.

 

For militarily weak countries, war may sometimes be unavoidable.  The U.S., by contrast, has extraordinary military power.  We always have alternatives to war.

 

We Americans don’t need to be aggressors.  We don’t need to be thieves.  We don’t need to be murderers.  We don’t need to be fearful.  And we don’t need to be sheep.

 

by Hank Stone

hstone@rochester.rr.com

August 1, 2016

Is Anything Sacred Anymore?
 
Americans appear less than satisfied with their presidential candidates. Reactions for many Americans are a state of disbelief and a growing sense of despair and gloom. Rants from Trump, accusations of criminal conduct by Clinton, and lying by both candidates cause voters to ask themselves, "Is there anything sacred anymore?"  

Yes, reader, the sacred still exists, but to find it I recommend that you attend the Democratic World Federalist's Good Government Luncheon on August 6th, 2016 at the WildFox Restaurant in Novato, CA.  For more information go to www.dwfed.org.

Speaker Stephan Dinan's new book "Sacred America Sacred World" takes consciousness to where national patriotism begins to include world patriotism. Do not be deceived by the phrase "sacred America."  Dinan is not glorifying America.  He knows its dark side, its shadow. "Sacred" for Dinan has a different meaning. 

He describes a (spiritual) shift from a focus on "me" to "we."  His respect for the "sacred" is not just theoretical or academic; it is more than meditation seeking inner peace; there is a call to r-evolution that takes us to the United Nations and beyond.
                         WORLD CONSTITUTION & PARLIAMENT ASSOCIATION
                                             GLOBAL REPORT  -  June, 2016

 Activities on behalf of the Earth Constitution and a decent future for humanity have been rapidly expanding over the first half of 2016.  I am very pleased to submit this report and overview of some of these activities.  It is impossible to include mention of all the WCPA activities that are happening worldwide, and I apologize to any of our activists who may feel they have been left out of this report. The report focuses primarily on new developments within the 2016 year with the understanding that many worthy WCPA projects cannot be included in any single report.

     Our work is absolutely vital for the future of a humanity faced with evermore lethal global crises, from climate collapse to planetary pollution to a new nuclear arms race every bit as dangerous as that of the Cold War.  Only a global social contract under the Earth Constitution can bring us together to the point where we can effectively address these crises before it is too late. Planetary democracy, universal world citizenship, and democratically legislated law enforceable over all individuals form the key elements in this social contract. The Earth Constitution gives us a peace system, a freedom system, a justice system, and a sustainability system.  Without such democratically founded planetary systems, it is difficult to see that humanity has any viable future at all.  In the light of this background, I believe this report from the first six months of 2016 is grounds for genuine hope.

1. The 14th session of the Provisional World Parliament in Kolkata, India, December 2015 (photo below). It met under the umbrella of the larger World Thinkers and Writers Peace Meet, sponsored by ISSAR and directed by WCPA Vice-President Dr. Santi Nath Chattopadhyay.  At the head table in the second photo, to my right, is Puan Sri Datin Seri N. Saraswathy Devi, of Malaysia, a Vice-President of WCPA, who honored the Parliament with her internationally recognized legal prominence by joining us at the high table.  To my left is Dr. Eugenia Almand, Secretary of the Provisional World Parliament. These photos were taken by our WCPA Technical Assistant Mr. Josiah Eck, who accompanied me to the parliament and on my subsequent speaking tour.


The Parliament considered and passed a number of acts, among them two truly historic legislative acts, one for merging the UN under the Earth Constitution and the second for a “Global Sustainability Directorate” integrating the many UN agencies working for sustainability together under the Earth Constitution.(This act draws upon the Parliament’s earlier act creating the “Earth Emergency Rescue Administration (EERA),” updating it and integrating it into the many actually existing UN agencies directed to sustainability.)

2.  Deriving from this accomplishment, one major WCPA project of the past six months has been to bind these legislative acts into a book along with the Earth Constitution and send this volume to all heads of UN agencies and world leaders.  These acts are very forward-thinking and might just strike a resonate chord in some world social and environmental leaders concerning the practical and concrete steps that might be taken for uniting the world under the Earth Constitution and saving our planet from self-destruction. We have had to struggle to find funding to support this costly project but are determined to carry it forward despite all obstacles.  We have the wonderful cooperation of Dr. Sid Smith, Director of the Institute for Economic Democracy Press, and of Swami S.A.R.P.V. Chaturvedi and the Sri Ramanuja Mission Trust in India.  SRMT has volunteered to arrange the major portion of this publication in India, for which we are very grateful.  The book, about to go to press, is called Our Common Future: The UN as an Effective Peace and Sustainability System.  World Parliament Breakthrough Legislation under the Earth Constitution. Here is a photo of the front and back covers as designed by Sid Smith.

3.  I want to formally introduce to you all our WCPA Administrative Assistant to the President, Ms. Becky Galdo. Becky has done a wonderful job over the past year in helping get the word out worldwide about the Earth Constitution as the only practical and viable option available to humankind at the present moment.  She has approached this work with intelligence, independence, creativity and dedication, for which we are very grateful.  Becky just graduated from Radford University (photo) and is now in the graduate program for Social Work at University of South Florida in Tampa.  Despite the fact that WCPA struggles with a lack of resources to support our work, it appears to me that Becky has been the best possible investment that we could have made.
4. Becky has been developing websites, Facebook pages, and electronic mailing lists for us, as well as posting on diverse other sites.  These include a separate site for the Collegium of World Judges (www.collegiumworldjudges.com), a site for the World Constitution and Parliament Association (www. earthfederationwcpa.wordpress.com), a site for the World Parliament:(www.provisionalworldparliament.wordpress.com), and a Facebook page for the Earth Constitution:

https://www.facebook.com/EarthConstitution/

5.  Mr. Peter Graves-Goodman, WCPA Vice-President in Miami, Florida, is working on updating our main website (www.worldparliament-gov.org) so that people will be able to sign the Earth Constitution and join WCPA electronically. This feature will finally bring our electronic media into the 21st century where it belongs.

6.  My new book One World Renaissance: Holistic Planetary Transformation through a Global Social Contract has been published by IED Press as of 2016.  It involves a sustained philosophical elucidation of the concept of holism in relation to human values and the foundations for democratic world law.  I am hoping it will serve our work by laying the intellectual groundwork for the Earth Constitution.  Becky has created and maintained a website and blog for the book at:   https://oneworldrenaissance.com

7. We were honored to have as delegate to the Parliament, Sri E.P. Menon, a Vice-President of WCPA and long-time social activist and supporter of our work, whose home is in Bangalore, India. Following the Parliament, Menon organized for us an itinerary of speaking engagements in South India and Bangalore, from where I also sent copies of the Earth Constitution to Prime Minister Modi and President Mukherjee.  We were also honored to have Dr. Klaus Schlichtmann as a delegate.  Klaus, who lives in Japan, is internationally recognized as a scholar and historian of the peace movement and the World Federalist Movement worldwide.  He is Distinguished Advisor to WCPA along with Swami S.A.R.P.V. Chaturvedi.

8. Justice David Percy Quispe Salsavilca from Peru has contacted us about the Collegium of World Judges and also has submitted an article that we will be publishing.  We are looking forward to working with him in this project. As you know, the Constitution established a Collegium of World Judges from which all members of the eight benches of the World Supreme Court system will be drawn.  I believe this is also indicative of our growing presence in Latin America.  Traditionally WCPA had presence in a number of countries in Africa and Asia but less so in South America, in spite of our dynamic center in Costa Rica led by Lic. Celina Garcia.  Though her work and that of others this is beginning to change.

9. In Latin America, in the past year I have visited both Ecuador (from where I sent a letter to President Correa) and Venezuela on behalf of our work. In Venezuela, we had extensive contact with the World PROUT Movement through Dada Maheshvarananda who directs a Cooperative in Caracas and with others in the PROUT network within Venezuela, such as Professor Dorkis Shephard and Mr. Eugenio Mendoza.  The founder of PROUT, Indian Guru P.R. Sarkar, advocated world unity, world spirituality, and world government.  Hence, there was a very positive response to the Earth Constitution among PROUT supporters in Venezuela. 

     Venezuela is a socialist country that promotes cooperatives and socially conscious work for the common good of all: healthcare, education, food and housing.While there, I also met with government ministers: Mr. Tulio Virguez from the Ministry of Foreign Relations (right hand photo below with red hat), Riccardo from the Venezuelan Embassy in San Francisco (on my left), and Juan Pablo from the Ministry of Justice. They gave me a copy of the Venezuelan Constitution in English and saw the comparisons with the Earth Constitution, which I gave them in Spanish and English versions.We joined a big march in Caracas on behalf of the Bolivarian Revolutionary Government and its commitment to democratic solidarity with all persons. The photo to the left shows both this march in support of democratic socialism, and the center photo below shows our host, Eugenio Mendoza, his wife Cris, and their son Mario, along with two men to the right who gave us a tour of the military prison now a museum, that chronicles the oppression of freedom throughout Latin America. Both these gentlemen are former prisoners in this facility.
 

10. In December in Delhi, I had the good fortune of meeting Swami Agnivesh (photo below) who wanted to find out more about the Earth Constitution. Swami Agnivesh has long been a prominent member of leader in the Interreligious Dialogue movement and a leader in collaboration with the UN to end human trafficking and bonded labor. I used his new book called Applied Spirituality in my Philosophy of Religious Course at Radford University during the spring semester 2016. He understands the need for a human unity in diversity under the Earth Constitution. He writes:

“The seeds of globalization lie buried deep in spirituality, which is the only authentically universal vision that humankind has ever had. It is doubtful that any international organization would have come into being, but for the pattern that existed already in spirituality. Unlike the mechanisms of institutionalized religions, the call of true spirituality has always been to transcend the familiar boundaries drawn by individual and corporate ego, and to discover the unity underlying the diversity which marks our world” (p. 65).  This statement could very well apply to the Earth Constitution, which, as we all know, is predicated on unity in diversity that derives from an authentic spirituality that has no need to identify with any exclusive and limited religious institutions.  Swami Agnivesh will be meeting with Pope Francis this month and presenting him a copy of the Earth Constitution.

11.  In May and early June, Phyllis and I went to Thailand and Japan.  Dr. Phichai Tovivich, WCPA Vice-President, and Director of Universal Love and Brotherhood for Thailand, had organized the first international ULBA Thailand Conference (photo left below with Phyllis Turk, CNM, WCPA Treasurer).  There were participants there from a number of countries besides Thailand: Vietnam, Australia, Japan, Nepal, the US, etc. He arranged for accommodations for us in the Guest House of Chulalongkorn University, where the conference was also being held.  Dr. Phichai did a wonderful job putting together a truly impressive conference and special ceremonies (center photo below). I presented my paper called: “Holism, Universal Love, and Democratic World Law” (photo) through a corresponding Power Point presentation. There were many interesting speakers at this conference.  We distributed many copies of the Constitution and other WCPA literature to the group.

12. An extraordinary moment happened at the Thailand ULBA conference when Mr. Madan Bhadur Pradhan introduced himself to me (photo wearing white with Rev. Lama Monk J.B. Tamang).  Mr. Pradhan had been a Vice-President of WCPA during the 1980s and early 90s. He was also Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Education for the Nepal government, and had been appointed by the Provisional World Parliament as Environmental Minister for the Earth Federation.  He had participated in the World Parliaments in Delhi and Miami Beach, Florida in 1985 and 1987. Mr. Pradhan was anxious to resume his work on behalf of the Earth Constitution. He said he had come to Bangkok just to meet me there and introduce himself. WCPA has a number of contacts in Nepal but no Vice-President or major officer.  I was delighted to re-recognize his status in view of his long history of service to our cause.  With his international experience Mr. Pradhan can lead a resurgence of interest in the Earth Constitution both in Nepal and within the South Asian nations.

13.  On May 27th we flew to Japan. We had been graciously bid farewell by Dr. Phichai in Bangkok and then met at Osaka Airport in Japan by Mr. Katsuya Kimura who kindly lodged us in the Oomoto Guest House at Kameoka.  On Sunday, May 29th, Mr. Kimura drove us for two hours to Takasago, where the Oomoto Temple there had organized an elaborate and beautiful Poetry Festival. Forty selected poems about peace (from the many submitted by Oomoto members) had been put to music and sacred chant, resulting in a wonderful and inspiring sacred spectacle to those many people assembled under the awnings in the gentle rain. 

On May 30, an interview was arranged for me with the ULBA staff in which Mr. Hiromi Yano asked about our work on behalf of the Earth Constitution and served as translator. I also distributed copies of the Constitution and other literature in English to people in the ULBA division of Oomoto.We need translations of our literature into Japanese and other languages.The Earth Constitution is already in Japanese, but we need it distributed widely in Japan through cooperation with ULBA and Oomoto. We were very pleased to have the kind interest of Asada Tokihiko, Chief Director of the Oomoto Headquarters, Rev. Toshiomi Okuwaki, Director, Jinruiaizenkai Editorial Department, and Yasuhiko Inagaki, Vice-President of ULBA.

14.  While in Kameoka I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Chayne Ellis, originally from Australia, who has lived in Japan for 14 years. He directs a school there as well as doing regular work for Jinruiaizankai in Kameoka.  He is also a friend of Dr. Phichai Tovivich in Thailand.  Chayne is a person of great energy and intelligence who had already researched WCPA carefully before we met.  He already know our strengths and weaknesses and the difficulties we face in trying to make the Earth Constitution a household word throughout the planet. Chayne wants to work with us and I knew immediately that he would bring these good qualities to WCPA work in Japan.  I am proud to have him as the President of our WCPA Japan Chapter and member of our International Advisory Board.
By coincidence (or perhaps it was the synergistic global movement of convergence toward the Earth Constitution), I was also contacted by Mr. John Rachel after arriving home to Virginia. John lives in Japan and would like to work for the Earth Constitution.I put him in contact with Chayne Ellis.Japan is a place of great beauty, civility, and community.It is also a place where many understand the horror of nuclear weapons. I think the time is right for a renaissance for the Earth Constitution in Japan.

15.  From June 1 to 3, Phyllis and I were in Hiroshima, hosted by the World Federalists of Hiroshima, Professor Shaw Fujii, Professor Mineko Morishita, and Professor Tadaakira Jo (in that order on my right in the photo).  While at the Peace Center, we met with Secretary General Yasuyoshi Komizo and Director Yasco Suehiro in the offices of Mayors for Peace (left of Phyllis in the photo).  They told me that more than 7000 mayors of cities around the world were organized in this effort to end nuclear weapons, which is a truly wonderful movement in my view. They shared important and detailed literature on their work, its history and significance. I urged them to consider that the world needed to adopt a “world peace system” to replace its present war-system and that the Earth Constitution was the blueprint for that world peace system that would end not only nuclear weapons but all wars everywhere.  We gave out copies of the Earth Constitution and other literature to all of these leaders. We were especially hosted most wonderfully by Professor Mineko Morishita, who spent a day with us visiting the Peace Park and the beautiful island and World Heritage site of Miyajima.
16.  I was also recently contacted by Richard Maxheim from Germany, a long-time World Federalist who wishes to work on promoting the Earth Constitution in Germany.  I was very pleased at this development. More and more, Federalists around the world (sensing that their movement needs a clear and immediate framework that can save the Earth from immanent disaster) are turning to WCPA as a way of making a concrete contribution to a decent future for humanity.  We have the Earth Constitution in a paperbound German edition already, and I will be sending this to Mr. Maxheim along with other literature.  In the meantime, Dr. Eugenia Almand will be digitizing the German translation of the Constitution for Mr. Maxheim to put on the website he has already created for this purpose at: http://wcpa-deutschland.web-hostel.de/   There are many world federalists in Germany and in the European Union, which is important for our work because they already understand that the world needs a good constitution.  We will be approaching them not only from Germany but also from Belgium (see below) with the message that the Earth Constitution is our best and most practical option. I look forward to working with Mr. Maxheim and others in the German Republic.

17.  It is important to mention here that Mr. Amit Paul, president of the Delhi Chapter of WCPA, has been directing his dedication to a just and peaceful world under the Earth Constitution into passing law examinations in Delhi.  He has spent years helping ordinary, often victimized, people submit affidavits and requests in the court system of Delhi, but with passing further examinations he will be able not only to serve people more effectively but promote the Earth Constitution among the judiciary and legal community in the capital of India, which he has been doing for several years now. He writes: “I want to travel in different countries spreading this message among the masses in humble way to work tirelessly for ONENESS of HUMANKIND, and to work for WORLD CONSTITUTION for the FEDERATION Of EARTH, which I hope to start from this year.”  Amit Paul was instrumental in arranging many activities for me in Delhi during December of 2015 (just before the Parliament in Kolkata). He is truly a key person for promoting the Earth Constitution in India and beyond, and I very much appreciate his lifelong dedication to our work.

18. In the photo, Dr. Roger Kotila, Vice-President, WCPA (center), with Dr. Bob Hanson and Ms.Vivian Davidson, are in historic Brussels, Belgium, home to the European Parliament and many World Federalists. Roger writes: “A world federalist colleague, Shahr-Yar Sharei, studied law at the University of Kent. Based upon his doctoral research into international law (or lack thereof) and the UN Charter, he has concluded that the UN is legally required to conduct a Charter review.  As a consequence of his findings, he is in the process of setting up a new think tank – the Center for United Nations Constitutional Research (CUNCR), to be located here in Brussels.”  Roger was in Brussels to make contact with European Parliamentarians and World Federalists, and to see that any Charter review process for the UN will include the proposal to replace the Charter with the Earth Constitution.
As this report on some recent WCPA activities for the first half of 2016 illustrates, all around the world WCPA leaders are working to bring the Earth Constitution to the attention of the Citizens of the Earth. There is a synergistic movement taking place in which people are recognizing the key role of the Constitution for the future of humanity. It must be studied, modeled, promoted and disseminated in every possible venue.  It is surely the best hope for our seriously endangered world.  It serves both as a concrete blueprint on how we could really create a world peace, freedom, justice, and sustainability system and an ideal from which to critically evaluate our failed efforts in the present.  If we all keep up the good work, the time is not far off when the Constitution for the Federation of Earth will become a household word all over our planet.  And that will be the moment when the people of Earth realize that we really do have a way out from our present disastrous system.  We really can choose to transform the Earth into a decent, sustainable community for all its citizens. But this will not happen until people everywhere are aware of the Earth Constitution.  We believe that it is our duty, as people who have signed the “Pledge of Allegiance to the Constitution for the Federation of Earth,” to make

-- REPORT SUBMITTED BY DR. GLEN MARTIN - June, 2016

February 29, 2016
Palestinian Professor Concludes That Diversity a Key to Survival

From the PREAMBLE to the EARTH CONSTITUTION
 
 
"Conscious that Humanity is One despite the existence of diverse
nations, races, creeds, ideologies and cultures and that the
principle of unity in diversity is the basis for a new age when
war shall be outlawed and peace prevail;..."  
 
Editor's note
[Below is a recently received email from Professor
Mazin Qumsiyeh who provides human rights news and
commentary from the rarely reported viewpoint of the
Palestinians themselves. His insights regarding the
value of "diversity" are shared by the Earth Federation
as reflected in the excerpt shown above from the
PREAMBLE to the EARTH CONSTITUTION.]
 
Professor Qumsiyeh writes:
 
Mea culpa: I shared as part of my last email an anecdote what Hillary
Clinton said in a letter to Saban. In that letter Clinton asserted her
opposition to BDS but did not say she supports killing Gaza children. The
latter part apparently was a news item of a satirical nature.  I am sorry
for this error. Clinton and Trump and Sanders remain strong Zionist
supports and have not challenged Israel’s ongoing genocide of native
Palestinians.

Now on ongoing matters, a cease fire was declared in Syria brokered by the
US and Russia which is a good thing. The twin rogue regimes of Israel and
Saudi Arabia are not happy. The former rattled its military wares and
killed a few more Palestinians. The Saudi regime cut off aid to the
Lebanese army while dumping more weapons on civilians in Yemen. Personally
I was reflecting on issues of Invasive Species. Here in Palestine we see
more and more invasive species: crows, mina birds, Zionist settlers and
European Pine and Australian "ornamental" trees they brought that are
taking over vast areas of the country and damaging native flora and fauna.
530 native villages diverse in customs and culture and religion were wiped
out to make space for the invasive species. Biodiversity shrunk in the face
of the onslaught.

Many human beings especially those who look at life from a narrow
perspective (sometimes called fundamentalists) view diversity as harmful
and want to create a more homogeneous society with their group/idea
dominating it. The Pharisees of 2000 years ago were a powerful sect mired
in ritualistic traditions which predated by some 300 years the evolution of
Rabbinical Judaism. Jesus challenged them for their orthodoxy of thought
that he considered disconnected from reality and needs of the people. In
the past 2000 years similar ideas opposing diversity were resurrected from
crusaders to Islamic fundamentalism, to white supremacy, to genocide of
Armenians by Ottoman turks, to Nazi atrocities of murdering millions, to US
genocides in Cambodia and Vietnam, to apartheid in South Africa, to Rwanda,
and most recently to Zionist genocide of native Palestinians.

Working and adapting to changing landscapes is based on diversity whether
in natural world (Darwinian evolution) or in human societies (cultural
evolution). This is a key to survival but the reverse is also true: most
isolationist ideologies that refused to accept concepts of diversity are
extinct or almost extinct. Zionism will thus also end. I am beginning to
wonder if the ultimate trajectory of Jewish colonization of Palestine is a
complicated ritual (sacrificing the native Palestinians) to arrive at a
culminated predictable mass suicide (ala Samson or Masada).  I say this
with some trepidation because all my life I have been working hard to
insist that there is a way out based on human rights and international law
that guarantees mutual survival and mutual respect for all people and ideas
in Palestine.  I still think it is possible (although that window is
closing very quickly thanks to Israeli actions) to return Palestine to a
multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural society (albeit with now a
far more prominent Jewish and Hebrew presence).   Zionists insist on their
program that is analogous to the program of the crusaders to “Christianize”
Palestine and make it this fictional “Christendom.”  Zionists want to
transform the country to a Jewish state and their relentless program to do
that is now focused on Jerusalem and strengthening the Jewish only colonies
built around it on Palestinian lands.  When the Crusaders were defeated,
Christian presence here continued and actually flourished (my family is
descendants of Canaanites who converted to Christianity in the 3rd century
AD and lived through that tumultuous era as Arab Eastern Christians).

Intrinsically, people recognize that there is beauty and harmony in
diversity.  Every human being recognizes that spring is beautiful because
of the diversity of textures, flowers, animals, smells, faces, and foods.
From childhood we recognize that we do not like monotony and we like things
that mix colors or change routines.  That is also why jokes are funny as
they provide the unexpected punch line. I started to think that the same as
applies to considering the natural world of animals and plants beautiful
must also apply to diversity of people. Zionism and Nazism’s main failure
is that they wanted to create homogeneity.  Homogeneity is ugly by
definition even without considering the attempt to exclude what originally
made the place beautiful: the natives.

Stay human and help the natives

Mazin Qumsiyeh 
Professor and Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History
Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability
Bethlehem University
Occupied Palestine
http://qumsiyeh.org
http://palestinenature.org

[Editor's note:  The above email
received 2/28/16.]
 

October 8, 2015

Pope and UN Sustainable Development Goals Inspire, but Fall Seriously Short

by Roger Kotila, Ph.D.


The talk to the United Nations by Pope Francis in late September along with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 by the UN General Assembly provide inspiration for a deeply troubled world beset with crises.  Yet what is missing is too important to ignore.


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in recent Guardian newspaper articles asks if the UN is “still functional” and “fair?” Can it be fixed? What are the chances for reform?


World federalists have warned from the UN’s birth that the Charter is wrong.  Some of the world’s best thinkers, like Einstein and Freud, concluded that only a world government can do the job. 


The Charter is the UN’s Achilles heel.

 

The Charter must be “constitutionalized,” much like when the 13 American colonies abandoned the Articles of Confederation and replaced them by adopting a federal union model of government -- the US Constitution.


Transforming the UN is no longer out of the question. A new world Charter/Constitution has been successfully drafted by the World Constitution and Parliament Association.    


WCPA’s Constitution for the Federation of Earth, also known as the Earth Constitution, corrects the fatal flaws in the UN Charter.  It is the type of governmental structure that world federalists insist is what will be required if we are to “end the scourge of war.”  


NO NEED FOR DINOSAUR THINKING

In view of the availability of a replacement for the Charter, the Pope’s exhortations and the UN’s pronouncements fall seriously short. The Pope, perhaps unaware of a better alternative, lauds the UN Charter. UN member states, like dinosaurs, have remained stuck for 70 years in the same inadequate governing system.  


Rather than talk directly about the fateful problems with the Charter and the need for a new one, the Pope emphasized spiritual strategies: “The appeal to the moral conscience of man has never been as necessary as it is today.” He urges an “examination of conscience” for those “charged with the conduct of international affairs.”  


Meanwhile, proxy wars in the Middle East instigated by bully nations are causing terror beyond description. The US is busy invading nations and overthrowing governments. Now Russia weighs in bombing the very terrorists and mercenaries trained and armed by the CIA and its allies.  The UN tries to mediate peaceful solutions but mostly is reduced to the role of Red Cross, aiding desperate refugees fleeing the carnage.  


CLINGING TO A DEFECTIVE CHARTER

When changes to the UN are considered, they are invariably only cosmetic – appealing for “cooperation” and “partnerships,” expanding the size of the Security Council, or asking to have more say in selecting the next UN Secretary General.


Peace activists urge the Security Council’s Permanent-5 (US, Russia, China, Great Britain, France) to refrain from using the veto under certain dire conditions such as genocide.      


UN member states, the UN Association, other NGO’s, and the media rarely address the urgent need to replace the defective, aging Charter. The thought of a new Charter for a “new UN” seems to be out of the question, despite the fact that a new world Charter/Constitution is completed and ready to go


The very idea of such a game changer is seen as either utopian, or unrealistic.  There is a widely held belief, not without reason, that the Security Council’s P-5 would use their absolute veto power to block any new Charter -- no matter how good it is. 


The introduction of the Earth Constitution, along with the concept of “constitutionalizing” the Charter, could potentially overcome the stifling threat of the veto.  The absolute veto power granted the P-5 cannot be considered legitimate and may be challenged when democracy is the order of the day, and the Review required under the Charter has never been conducted.


To the Pope’s credit, he recognizes the key missing elements in UN governance --   democracy and enforceable law.  He states that all nations should have “a genuine and equitable influence on, decision-making processes.”  He adds that there is a need for the “rule of law” and “creation of a juridical system,” governing necessities lacking in the Charter.   


SECOND CLASS CITIZENSHIP AND LEGAL LOOPHOLES

The UN is not democratic. The majority of nations and world citizenry have no say even though what happens globally affects everyone. Only the P-5 nations make final decisions. The remaining 188 nations have second class citizenship, only allowed to make “recommendations” for the P-5 to consider.


Loopholes in the Charter permit leaders of powerful nations and other VIP’s to be above the law. World crimes instigated by these leaders, by heads of multinational corporations, or by Big Money almost always go unpunished. The International Criminal Court and World Court (International Court of Justice) are small steps in the right direction, but are no match for these global shot-callers.


Despite glaring defects the Pope believes that the UN can yield “peaceful results” if only the Charter is “respected” and “applied with transparency and sincerity.” He is wrong.  


The Pope’s faith in gaining peace by respecting the Charter will fail just as “give peace a chance” and “all we need is love” failed.  Government has always been needed to maintain a civilized order, but we need the right kind of government.  


PLAN FOR A NEW UN

Recent doctoral research on the UN Charter and international law reveals that the UN is legally required to conduct a Charter Review but has failed to do so. Such a Review is part of a “constitutionalizing” process for the UN. The time is ripe for such an examination. 


The world feels like it is spinning out of control with the UN helpless to bring back order or stability. WCPA’s Earth Constitution is a carefully crafted document designed to defeat the geopolitical war system of which the UN and its Charter are an integral part. For the first time, there could be hope that a world of peace is possible.  


With the Earth Constitution a democratic world federation can be created with a democratically elected World Parliament and a rationally designed global judiciary system.  


Critical world problems -- wars, secret operations to overthrow governments, threats of nuclear destruction, climate change, deep pockets of poverty, and the violation of human and earth rights -- can be dealt with properly under the Earth Constitution.  


We must now hope that the UN General Assembly has the courage to begin a full Charter Review to analyze its fatal defects that will become increasingly obvious when compared to the Earth Constitution.


Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

Senior fellow, Institute On World Problem

Editor, Earth Federation News & Views

                                                                                                                                          

September 6, 2015

American Violence and the Commonwealth of God

by Professor Glen T. Martin

 

Much has been written recently about the pervasive violence, internal and external, of the living disaster that is the United States of America.   Articles have appeared about domestic violence, racist violence, prison violence, violence in the schools, police violence, violence against women, violence against immigrants, nation-building through genocidal violence, US imperial violence going back two centuries, the culture of violence, etc. Tom Engelhardt sums up much of this nicely in his June 2015 article “Armed Violence in the Homeland.”  In the article he reviews much of the violence that occurs nationwide on a daily basis and, under the subheading “Armed Dangers and Meal Tickets,” points out how little danger there is to our lives from ISIS or foreign terrorists compared to the daily police and civilian violence pervasive in America.  However, he points out that magnifying this so-called danger is the “meal-ticket” for the bloated national security state and the military-industrial complex.

 

In his other books and articles, however, Engelhardt also astutely documents the American drive to dominate the world through globally projected military violence, a huge militarism driven by the lust for empire, wealth, and the resources of our planet.  A recent complementary book by four scholars and peace leaders very much agrees. In The American Empire and the Commonwealth of God, David Ray Griffin, John B. Cobb, Jr., Richard A. Falk, and Catherine Keller collectively document America’s drive to dominate the Earth through militarism, deception, economic penetration, and guile.  The title of this article is influenced by their book, for I want to point out that the “commonwealth of God” that points beyond violence everywhere on Earth is not characterized adequately by any of these thinkers.  Engelhardt proposes no real solutions to the pervasive violence he documents and these four other thinkers, in my view, are merely lukewarm in their assessment of what is necessary if human life is to continue much longer on this planet.


Pentagon views of violence immature and childlike

There are likely many interconnected causes of violence on all these levels: economic, cultural, technological, systemic, etc., but all these causes keep most Americans in a state of immaturity not much beyond adolescence.  Violence is largely a symptom of immaturity: the people who work for the Pentagon are clearly childlike in their ignorant assumptions that violence can solve anything and everything.  The people in Homeland Security are similarly childlike in their belief that trashing democracy and freedom can somehow make us safer, and the people on Wall Street are like college students strutting their post-adolescent stuff: “mine is bigger than yours,” or “I’ve conquered or exploited more people than you have”—clearly this lust for power and extreme wealth is as childish as it is ignorant.  Garry Leach wrote a perceptive book called Capitalism: A Structural Genocide that underlines the point that there are also deep structural features to violence.  Immature people living in immature, undemocratic systems of greed, exploitation, and power will only produce more immature people in future generations. We need to overcome violence on all levels: personally, culturally, and structurally.

 

But there is a second form of structural violence ignored by many and barely touched on in The American Empire and the Commonwealth of God. This is the violence of the system of militarized sovereign nation-states, all claiming some absolute rights over this or that portion of the Earth and the right to militarize themselves against the violence of all the other sovereign nation-states.  Perhaps Mahatma Gandhi was right when he declared that the nation-state was “violence in a concentrated and organized form.”  Both the nation-state system and the system of global capitalism were born three to four centuries ago when human beings were as yet not capable of moving to a higher stage of maturity. 

 

Many psychologists and developmental thinkers are agreed on the basic stages of growth in moral maturity. I will summarize this in a generic way. (For more details see my recent books.) Human beings can progressively mature from the early magical and mythical stages of young children to the “ethnocentric” stage in which one identifies with one’s own nation, culture, and religion to stages of intellectual independence and “autonomy” and finally to stages of holism and “integration.”  The latter stages inevitably see the world as one and respect its unity in diversity. The fact of the matter is that science (for the past century) has discovered the holism of the universe, our planetary ecosystem, and human life with great clarity and vast amounts of evidence.  We are now in a position to do what they could not do when capitalism and sovereign nation-states were being developed—we can now see what holism means in our personal, social, economic, political, and cultural lives and adopt it for ourselves and our planet, overcoming the violence of immaturity and fragmentation and embracing our species and our planet with the unity in diversity that is now clearly understood as the fundamental reality of all things.

 

As Griffin, Cobb, Jr., Falk, and Keller point out, the holism of nonviolence, of unity in diversity, comes from a mature appropriation of the Jewish, Christian [and Islamic] traditions.  In this they are so refreshingly different from the legions of so-called Christian, Jewish [and Islamic] fundamentalists who cling to an idolatrous God of vengeance, violence, and destruction of their perceived enemies.  The Gospels of Jesus (as opposed to the lurid and revengeful Book of Revelation) clearly teach unity in diversity, nonviolence, universal love, and compassion.  However, these qualities must also be structurally translated into our fragmented and violent institutions of global capitalism and sovereign nation-states.

 

The clearest way to embrace the structural holism that will advance human maturity geometrically is to ratify the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.  This Constitution (written by hundreds of world citizens between 1968 and 1991 and widely available on the web) is predicated on the holism of unity in diversity for the entire Earth: politically, economically, and ecologically.  Only this kind of real conversion from the immaturity of fragmentation, hate, and fear, to the planetary maturity of universal democracy, mutual respect, and planetary cooperation can we turn our disastrous planet around in time to avoid universal death. 


Finding the real "commonwealth of God"

 

We are all one species, genetically almost identical with one another.  We all have the same needs, fears, hopes, and dreams.  We all want our children and future generations to avoid climate collapse or nuclear holocaust.  There is one way to go that is clearly superior to vain attempts to reform the UN, empty diplomacy, police body-cameras, or more spying and denials of freedom. We need to replace the UN Charter with the Earth Constitution. We need to really embrace the holism that is the foundation of the universe. This would be the real “commonwealth of God,” since all humans share the Earth in common, human nature in common, and hopes and dreams in common.  A true “commonwealth of God” would mean seeing the entire Earth as one economic and political community. Only the Earth Constitution makes this a structural reality and lays the groundwork for making it a cultural and spiritual reality as well.

 

Even though violence and fragmentation are worldwide and not simply “American,” in my many international travels I have found that there is much less violence among people elsewhere, who lack the amazing arrogance and egotism of the American psyche.  We can overcome this violence and fragmentation by identifying ourselves as truly “world citizens,” truly children of universal law under the Earth Constitution, and free of the identification with the fragmented and distorted laws of so-called sovereign nations.  Let’s do it. The move to planetary maturity comes from a decision at the deepest level of our lives, one that is possible for us all to make. Let’s truly embrace the holism of our situation and assume the dignity of real world citizens operating under the unity in diversity of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.


by Dr. Glen T. Martin


                                                                                                                                             

August 20, 2015

BEWARE: Madeleine Albright’s Commission on Global Security, Justice, & Governance

An Open Letter from Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

[First published 8/6/15 in DWF News at www.dwfed.org.]  [To be published in slightly edited form in The 2015 Perpetual Peace Initiative Monthly Message for August, 2015 edited by Rev. Rudolph Gelsey at www.mendingourbrokenworld.com.]

 Good morning friends,

I just finished reading the report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance. The report is advertised as “Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance.” I am not impressed.

The Commission co-chairs are former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and a former Foreign Minister of Nigeria and past UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari.

Madeline Albright has been described by investigative journalist and author William Blum as “ethically challenged.”

Albright is best remembered by her critics for a “60 Minutes” television interview with Lesley Stahl in May 12, 1996. Stahl asked about US sanctions against Iraq: “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And you know, is the price worth it?”

Madeleine Albright: “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price—we think the price is worth it.”

Granted it is unfair to evaluate a report by attacking the integrity of one of its sponsors, but the Iraq nightmare caused by US sanctions (and invasion) leaves me questioning Albright’s value system and judgment.

Unless I read the report wrong, I’m guessing it is another (well-meaning?) ploy to postpone having authentic global democracy for all nations and for “we, the people” – an often used strategy to keep civil society (you and me) feeling like we are making “progress,” when in fact nothing of real significance is being offered.

The euphemisms in this report would make a snake oil salesman puff up with pride.   

The report, like the UN Charter, uses the right language (“justice”, “security”, and yes, of course, “PEACE”).  These are feel good words–but alas, missing is a plan for a strong enough geopolitical structure to be able to deliver (except in ways that don’t alter the good life for the 1%). 

There are no world federalist solutions here, except at the weak margins.  

Rather than recommend eliminating the permanent veto in the Security Council which would be a step toward democracy, the report only recommends that the P-5 nations consider “use of restraint in the use of the veto.” This is laughable, an insult to any thoughtful world federalist.

I’m having trouble finding the word “democracy” anywhere, only the empty phrase “global governance.”

From the Commission recommendations we can conclude that militarization will remain, but with some frosting on the cake so it tastes better. How will they end wars? By establishing a “UN Peacebuilding Council.” Leaders of powerful bully nations who commit world crimes will remain above the law, with no seriously effective enforcement system under consideration.

There is no adequate plan to end war and proxy wars; no plan that would eliminate nuclear weapons.  Resources will continue to be siphoned off to the military/industrial complex and to covert operations; hence, it will be hard to reduce poverty in the world despite the report’s call for “global economic cooperation.”

No proposed structure to give “we, the people” democratic control over multinational corporations and international Big Money.  The Wall Street Journal investor class (the 1%) and private equity firms will continue business as usual.  Your country could be up for sale next!

Climate change solutions will remain voluntary with no provision for enforceable universal legislative authority by the world community.   

No proposal to fundamentally change the UN Charter–the heart and soul of “modern” (medieval) geopolitics.  Bully nations and Big Money stay firmly in control, and global democracy is nowhere in sight.

There may be an opening for real change from all of this, but I’m not sure where a point of entry might be.  Perhaps through the proposed UN Parliamentary Network especially if that “network” demands Charter Review, and join forces with the Earth Federation Movement’s Provisional World Parliament under the Earth Constitution.

At least then we would know we are headed toward establishing a democratic world federal union government – what we all know is what is realistically needed.  

Your feedback?  (Am I being too harsh?)

By Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

Editor, Earth Federation News & Views

June 15, 2015

[Editor's note:  Dr. Martin points out that a list of citizen's responsibilities are listed separately from the Earth Constitution itself, and points out the difference between legal and ethical concepts.]  


The Concept of “Ethical Responsibilities” in Relation to the Earth Constitution

 

Glen T. Martin

 

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here are those who say that the Earth Constitution is lacking a list of responsibilities. They claim that what the world needs is a constitution that makes very clear the responsibilities of the citizens of Earth.  They claim that the world needs a document, a constitution, that lists not only the rights of citizens but their responsibilities as well.  For this purpose, they proclaim, the Earth Constitution is not adequate.

 

This sort of flawed thinking both fails to understand the concept of democracy and, furthermore, confuses responsibilities in the ethical sense from responsibilities in the related (but not identical) legal sense.   A list of ethical responsibilities would have no place in a genuine Earth Constitution since a constitution is a legal document specifying the mechanisms by which decisions are made and who gets to make them (through elections, appointments, etc.).  Obviously anyone elected to any office within the Earth Federation Government has a responsibility to perform that office to the best of their ability, with honesty, integrity, and transparency. The Constitution makes this very clear.  Responsibility in this sense is intrinsic to the entire Constitution.  This means that the entire document is a document outlining the responsibilities of those who govern.

 

            Indeed, the very concept of democracy, from which the Earth Constitution springs, is a social and ethical conception that already includes both rights and duties.  As American philosopher John Dewey puts this: “Democracy signifies, on the one side, that every individual is to share in the duties and rights belonging to the control of social affairs, and, on the other side, that social arrangements are to eliminate those external arrangements of status, birth, wealth, sex, etc., which restrict the opportunity of each individual for full development of himself” (1963: 497).  Rights and duties are built into the very concept of democracy and do not need to be listed separately except for educational purposes that unpack for learners the depth of the meaning of the concept of democracy. It is the function of proper education to perform this task.

 

What of those citizens not under the responsibilities outlined for the governors?  A list of exhortations about what people who are not in governmental roles should be doing would destroy the excellent character of the Earth Constitution and turn it into another practically useless set of ideals like the Earth Charter or the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Both these documents give us only ideals and exhortations, not mechanisms for governing the Earth. 

 

How then to we get a list of responsibilities for citizens?  The obvious answer that these critics overlook is that citizen responsibilities can and should be legislated as duties under world law.  A constitution cannot have a list of these because it is up to the World Parliament to establish laws that articulate the responsibilities of citizens.  Are citizens responsible to vote?  To participate in politics?  To participate at the local, regional, and global levels?  To interact with the agencies of government?  To learn about the nature of world democracy and their role in the self-government of humanity?  A list of moral exhortations for these things should not be part of any constitution worth its salt, but the World Parliament can endeavor to answer these questions through creating good laws (in some countries, for example, voting is a legal requirement for citizens).

 

The philosophical basis for this distinction comes from philosopher of law Lon Fuller. In his well-known book The Morality of Law, Fuller distinguishes the “morality of duty” from the “morality of aspiration.”   The role of lawmakers is to articulate wisely, clearly, publicly, and responsibly, the morality of duty: that is, the basic minimum requirements that each citizen must follow in order to create the “reasoned harmony” that is the function of law among the citizens. 

 

These responsibilities of citizens and lawmakers do not exhaust the whole of morality, for Fuller, for there is also the “morality of aspiration” in which citizens identify the good or goods for their lives and pursue these goods.  Part of this morality of aspiration may be making exceptional contributions to the common good through practicing exceptional citizenship and making extraordinary contributions to society.  But lawmakers cannot legislate for this and it would be a mistake to attempt to do so.  This is the role of education and reasoned dialogue, not the job of a Constitution, nor of lawmakers.

 

The Earth Constitution provides a constitutional framework for the morality of duty on a planetary scale.  It presupposes both the duties of lawmakers and the responsibility of citizens to actively participate in their world democracy.  It provides for a law-making capacity in which the duties of citizens may be further detailed and elaborated.  The Constitution is entirely complete in this respect.

 

Hence, the Earth Constitution is not only properly formed as it is, it is the ultimate vehicle for activating responsibilities among the citizens of the Earth Federation.  There is no other way to legitimately do this.  If moral exhortation is what is wanted, then the world parliament can create an agency whose purpose it is to encourage the citizens of Earth to take responsibility for governing and participating in government. Some of this has in fact already been done by the Provisional World Parliament, including World Legislative Act number 26 (the Education Act) in which school children worldwide will be educated to take responsibility within the Earth Federation government.

 

Under this law passed for educational institutions worldwide insofar as they receive support from the Earth Federation government, students will study not only the Earth Constitution itself, but the nature of democracy, the responsibilities of world citizenship, and the fundamental world problems that the Constitution aims to address. Hence, the Earth Federation Government will emphasize responsibility at every appropriate occasion. Nevertheless, to repeat: moral exhortation has no place in the Constitution itself. 

 

Responsibilities can and should only be legislated by law if the document is to be a legally binding document.  And the mechanisms for legislating responsibilities are very clear in the Earth Constitution. Education of the citizens of the Earth for taking responsibility in the sense of the morality of aspiration will come from the educational function of the World Ombudsmus and other government agencies as well as from educational institutions worldwide under World Legislative Act number 26.

 

Indeed, the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) has not waited for the future implementation of the World Education Act. At its events worldwide, the WCPA passes out a card that details “Ten Principles of a Global Ethics.”  The list, that we continue to disseminate widely, and that can be found on my web site, illustrates the futility of trying to formulate a list of specific duties that might be somehow embodied in a legal document like the Earth Constitution.  These are the principles of a global ethics as promoted by the WCPA: 

 

1.     Dialogue. A World Citizen develops the capacity for dialogue directed toward mutual understanding. A World Citizen has the ability to listen carefully to others, to thoughtfully understand their point of view, and to respectfully dialogue in a process of increasing mutual understanding and learning.

 

2.     Nonviolence. A World Citizen affirms the principle of solving conflicts nonviolently.  As Mahatma Gandhi stated, there are dozens of ways to solve conflicts creatively and intelligently, respecting everyone involved.  World Citizens promote creative, nonviolent problem-solving.

 

3.     Human Rights. World Citizens affirm universal human rights and dignity. All people have dignity because all people participate in the miracle that is human life.  We human beings are self-aware beings capable of freedom, creativity, compassion, and justice. We have dignity that must not be violated. World Citizens stand by the rights enumerated by UN Universal Declaration and the Earth Constitution, Articles 12 and 13.

 

4.     Democratic Laws. World Citizens affirm the rule of just, democratic laws based on protection of civil liberties and human rights.  They support equality, freedom, and equal due process for everyone before the law.

 

5.     Compassion and Kindness. World Citizens understand that reason and dialogue must be complemented by compassion and kindness.  World Citizens are sensitive to the suffering of other people and animals. They act toward others out of kindness and compassion. In Buddhism this is called karuna. In Christianity, it is often called agape.

 

6.     Unity in Diversity. World Citizens understand that the world is a wonderful manifestation of unity in diversity that must be respected and encouraged. We are all one as human beings and as children of the divine, and we are all different from one another in races, cultures, beliefs, nations, and religions. World Citizens affirm this principle of unity in diversity for the entire Earth.

 

7.     Justice-making. World Citizens insist on promoting equal treatment and due process of justice for all persons before the law. If laws are unjust, World Citizens work to change them to protect everyone equally. Where people are being marginalized, hurt, or discriminated against, World Citizens side with the victims.

 

8.     Sustainability. World Citizens are committed to transforming the process of living on the Earth to sustainable, ecologically friendly forms of economics, production, consumption, and patterns of living.  World Citizens are committed to making the Earth a decent place for future generations through protecting and restoring our planetary environment.

 

9.     Global Education. World Citizens are committed to promoting global education with respect to all these ten principles. People everywhere should be developing global consciousness and a sense of global responsibility.

 

10.  The Earth Constitution. World Citizens understand that none of these 10 principles can be successful for the Earth without the rule of democratically legislated, enforceable law for everyone under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth:   http://www.radford.edu/~gmartin/CEF.pdf

 

The first thing that will strike the reader of these principles is that they are all open-ended because they are all aspects of the morality of aspiration and would be inappropriate for a morality of duty as required by law-makers and governments. You cannot require people by law to engage in dialogue directed toward mutual understanding, for example, you can only require them to negotiate, engage in diplomacy, or mediate. Dialogue directed toward mutual understanding, however, requires an ethical good will and discernment on the part of the participants that cannot be evaluated by the law. The law can only dictate external behaviors, including external manifestations of responsibility. It cannot dictate the ethical dimension of good will, discernment, love, or compassion that are essential to ethics and genuine responsibility.

Hence, the realm of moral responsibility requires a framework conductive to ethical growth and inner transformation toward a good will to do what is right.  That is why in the recent Building the New World Conference at Radford University, the WCPA initiated collaboration with the inter-spirituality movement and the ethical growth movement so widespread today among concerned citizens and leaders like Barbara Marx Hubbard, the Shift Network, and other visionary movements (see www.btnw.org) .  Government can help create this framework, indeed, with good educational policies both for children and for all citizens. But to try to place any such stipulations within a constitution would be inappropriate and irresponsible. 

This is true of all the principles listed here as components of a global ethics. Yet they are all valid principles that demand our attempt to participate in, and fulfill, these principles.  They demand our inner transformation toward ethical awakening and responsibility, which cannot be legislated nor demanded by government.  Both WCPA in the present and the Earth Federation Educational System in the future can and will promote these values, but the attempt to make them into law would be both totalitarian, futile, and self-defeating.

 

Those who claim that the Earth Constitution or the WCPA need to be more articulate about “responsibilities,” rather than just rights, do not know what they are talking about. The critics need to stop pontificating about “responsibility” and begin taking responsibility for the future by working on behalf of the Earth Constitution. At this point in history, there is no clearer responsibility, as the last of these ten principles also clearly asserts. 

 

The threat to the future is so immanent and so great (including climate collapse and the threat of nuclear war) that affirmation of the Earth Constitution becomes more of a moral imperative with each passing day.  World federalists of all sorts betray the future of the Earth and coming generations with their refusal to endorse the Earth Constitution and take responsibility here and now to start governing ourselves under that Constitution.  Here lies the essence of responsibility: not talking endlessly about it, but taking it upon ourselves in concrete action for democratic world government under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.


--Article by Dr. Glen T. Martin


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Public Banking Institute News: June 8, 2015


Earth Federation News & Views Editor's note:
Below are excerpts from PBI NEWS.  These items were sent to the editor of Earth Federation News & Views by the Public Banking Institute.  PBI economic philosophy and  policy are generally consistent with that of the Earth Federation/Earth Constitution.  Indeed,  publicly owned, controlled, and regulated  banking is a necessity for a prosperous world economy that works for all, not just the 1%.  The mayor of Barcelona gets it.

In addition, the TransPacific Partnership scheme President Obama is attempting to fast track through Congress would grant multinational corporations power to overturn economic and environmental policies of governments if they interfered with profits.  Such a transfer of authority to the private sector would be prohibited under the Earth Constitution.  The TPP is for private interests whereas the Earth Constitution protects and enhances the world public interest.   -- EDITOR, Earth Federation News & Views]

FROM PBI NEWS:

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http://www.publicbankinginstitute.org/?e=5e4823757314445217b457819b606904&utm_source=pbi&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pbi_news_2&n=1

http://www.publicbankinginstitute.org/r?u=http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=111778&e=5e4823757314445217b457819b606904&utm_source=pbi&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pbi_news_2&n=2Mayor of Barcelona Calls for Public Banking

"You cannot leave something as important as economic policy and money which has a social function, in the hands of speculation and private interest," says Mayor Ada Coloau, the latest leader to adovate for public banks. "Here, there’s been a democratic deficit and lack of global collective and democratic control over money and the economic system in general." Read and watch the interview here.


Think the TPP is Bad? Wait 'Til You See the TTIP!http://www.publicbankinginstitute.org/r?u=http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121967/whats-really-going-trade-services-agreement&e=5e4823757314445217b457819b606904&utm_source=pbi&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pbi_news_2&n=4

According to Dave Dayen, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which President Obama is secretly trying to fast-track, could dismantle state-owned enterprises and public services--which would pose a direct threat to public banking efforts--and threatens "social, cultural, and even public health goals." Read more here.

Above two articles thanks to Public Banking Institute News. To learn more about the work of PBI go to   www.publicbankinginstitute.org                                                       

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Editor's note:
  Duncan Graham's "Time for a UN Spring" challenges the power and legitimacy of the undemocratic UN Security Council.  The Security Council is an obstacle to a World Parliament.  The changes in the UN that Mr. Graham seeks could lead to UN Charter Review and the potential adoption of the Earth Constitution-- RK

April 6, 2015
Time for a UN Spring

Duncan Graham 
(From the December 2014 edition of Mondial -- published in Canada by the World Federalists.)

“The absolute refusal of the P5 to brook even small reforms seems absurd . . . . I do not know
when the Council equivalent of an Arab Spring will emerge to sweep away the legitimacy of
the P5 in the global system.” 

 -- Kishore Mahbubani, former Ambassador of Singapore to the United Nations, in his 2013   book, “The Great Convergence:  Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World.”

We are at an unprecedented period in our human history with planetary personal
communications, a global integrated economy and the evolutionary acceptance in the genome
that we are all one species, though a rich mosaic of cultures and ethnicities, the brotherhood
and sisterhood of humankind, the Nation of Humanity. Our cosmic identity is underlined
with space exploration and now the incredible landing on a comet.

But we are still in Neanderthal mode in our tribal relations, where the buzzwords
“international peace and security” of the UN Security Council are a hollow promise for the
hundreds of millions of people who go to bed hungry every night. Deaths by violence,
malnutrition and easily preventable diseases are an Auschwitz every ten months. And yet
world military expenditures (according to SIPRI, the Stockholm International Peace Research
Institute) for 2013 were $1,747 billion and have been over a trillion dollars for ten years. The
permanent five members of the UN Security Council, China, France, Russia, UK, USA (i.e.
those same parties tasked with “maintaining peace and security”) are responsible for 71% of
world arms sales.

How much is $1,747 billion? Ten $100 bills are a thin 1 mm slice. A one-metre slab is a
million dollars. A billion dollars is one Km of $100 bills. World military expenditures is
1,747 Kms of packed $100 bills … and yet Malala has to plead for money to educate little
girls and boys.

Rescind powers of UN Security Council
A creative spark? At the World Federalist Movement - Canada’s AGM in Ottawa 25th Oct
2014 a resolution was submitted from the Vancouver Branch. It was introduced in a
teleconference call by Vancouver President Vivian Davidson. The resolution proposed that
World Federalists encourage members of the UN General Assembly to consider rescinding
Art. 24 of the UN Charter and that the Assembly itself assume responsibilities for
international peace and security, as allowed in Art 18 of the Charter, as a first step in creating
a political fluidity in the UN structure for the evolution of a democratic World Parliament and
Government. It is now history. The resolution passed.

Under Art. 24 of the UN Charter the members (UN General Assembly) confer on the UN
Security Council primary responsibility for international peace and security. The resolution
would have the Assembly rescind these powers.

This would leave responsibility for peace and security in the hands of the General Assembly.
According to Art. 18 of the UN Charter, decisions of the General Assembly on important
questions shall be made by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting. These
questions shall include recommendations with respect to the maintenance of international
peace and security. 

188 UN member nations should not continue to be subservient
It has become a Vancouver project to propose to the remaining 188 members of the UNGA
that they need not, should not continue to be subservient to the entrenched interests of the
Permanent Five.

The mindless carnage of World War One gave political energy to create the League of
Nations,(“First Parliament of Mankind,” headlined the Globe, now the Globe and Mail), the
International Court of Justice and in 1929 The Pact of Paris or Kellogg-Briand Pact that
outlawed war. (“War Outlawed,” headlined The Globe).

World War Two led to the creation of the United Nations with 51 nations in 1945. The major
Allies, China, France, Soviet Union, UK, USA who had spent so much blood and treasure
against the Axis regimes, were the pioneers, the deliverers of an organization to “save
succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” Russia inherited the permanent seat that
had been assigned to the USSR in 1991.

In 1945 a world led by these quintuplets seemed to many the natural order of things. The
United States, with no domestic destruction and lower than the others in per capita deaths,
was the new superpower. France and U.K., though devastated by the conflict, still held
political dominion over great swathes of the globe with imperial dominance in Africa and
South Asia.

Insidious control of the UN a source of growing frustration
To give initial stability to these founding 51 nations of the United Nations a Security Council
was incorporated in the UN Charter with these five nations having permanent seats and their
concurring votes required for resolutions to pass – the so-called veto. Insidiously, the
Permanent Five’s assent is also required for any changes in the Charter itself. Art 108 on
Charter amendments requires 2/3rds members including all the permanent members of the
Security Council. After 1955 (Art 109) a conference to review the Charter could be held if so
decided by a majority of the General Assembly, but any amendments proposed would also
require the concurrent support of the P5.

With these provisions, there have been no significant changes to the Security Council except
in 1966, when the number of non-permanent members was increased from six to 10. These
two-year transients with a chance to posture on the world stage are elected to the UNSC by
the General Assembly for their contribution to international peace and security. 2014- 2015
members are Chad, Chile, Jordan, Lithuania, and Nigeria. 2015 –2016 members are Angola,
Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, and Venezuela.

UN Security Council's veto power unacceptable

To have the same five permanent members with veto in 2014, with now 193 UN members, is
a stagnating anomaly, an anachronism that requires nothing less than the interring of the UN
Security Council. The Vancouver, now a WFM-C, resolution could be pulling the plug on a
log jam that is imminent in any case. In the July issue of Mondial our Exec. Director Fergus
Watt notes “the growing frustration among members of the General Assembly with the
secrecy and failures of the Security Council.” He was referring in this case to “electing” a
new Secretary-General by the General Assembly, which in effect rubber-stamps a closed-door
decision of the P5.

The UN General Assembly has been marginalized, and an osmosis of power and authority
(by rescinding Art 24) could provide an energizing political fluidity.

Were this to be adopted, it should also be accepted in some fashion that a decision of the
UNGA should represent 2/3rds majority of the world’s people, the brotherhood and
sisterhood of humankind, as well as (per UN Chapter, Art 18) 2/3rds of member states.

The World Federalists can provide the goal, the vision; but the how-to, the means that would
allow the UN to better fulfill its purposes in the event these measures are to be implemented,
is the work of a broadly based UN preparatory committee process.

Vivian Davidson’s poster says it best: “Don’t Stay Calm. Change the World.”

March 5, 2015

Justice Denied, Above the Law: Netanyahu, and Other Heads of State


by Roger Kotila, Ph.D.  (Article also at RSN - www.readersupportednews.org)


The world’s current governing system allows heads of state and their accomplices to commit world crimes yet never be held accountable.  With but few exceptions, such individuals will never face a judge or jury.  


They are above the law.


In our geopolitical system, impunity is all but guaranteed despite violations of international law ranging from state sponsored terrorism to crimes against humanity and war crimes. 


Will the paranoid geopolitical dynamics voiced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, coupled with a weak global governing system, lead to a nuclear holocaust with Iran its primary victim, and the rest of the Middle East collateral damage?


Should we take seriously Netanyahu’s past threats to attack Iran militarily, particularly if Israel rejects the agreement the United States is now brokering regarding Iran’s nuclear program?


Netanyahu’s March 3, 2015 speech to Congress leaves one with the impression that the U.S. Congress would support, without limit, almost any measure that Israel takes against Iran.  


We can safely assume that Netanyahu is not at all concerned that a military attack against Iran might make him a war criminal, nor does he seem aware that Israel’s secret intelligence agency, Mossad, has become a suspect in the 9/11 attack (never mentioned in Establishment media).


The 9/11 aftermath has been war, anarchy, and chaos which could conceivably serve to weaken Israel’s alleged enemies in the Middle East.


World’s judiciary system no match for crimes by heads of state


Netanyahu’s impunity is seen for others. War crime charges have never been brought against former president George W. Bush, Jr. for the invasion of Iraq with its untold death and destruction--all under false pretense. Similarly, President Obama will never face criminal charges over the deaths of innocents in his drone warfare operations.    


We see these glaring gaps in international law and order time and time again:  Charges of genocide and apartheid (Israel against the Palestinians); crimes against humanity (Israel against Gaza); war crimes (the U.S. invasion of Iraq); torture (CIA); violating human rights (e.g., Saudi Arabia); and the 9/11 cover-up—all remain in limbo with no legal action for true justice in sight.


Lawlessness in the global governing structure is a prime reason why peace and justice persistently eludes the world, and why the Earth Constitution was drafted by the World Constitution & Parliament Association. 


Quite simply, the United Nations and the international judicial system lack the tools needed to establish and maintain world law and order, and the Earth Constitution offers a way to overcome this disastrous and fundamental problem.  


Precursor to mass murder? 


In our lawless world, the danger that mass murder and annihilation will be unleashed must be assessed. Sociologist Abram de Swaan has identified “precursors” that are seen before mass killings take place. In “The Killing Compartments” (2015) de Swaan provides warning signs leading up to the possibility of mass annihilation.


With Netanyahu, some of these precursors can be found in the way he talks about Iran. 

Netanyahu makes Iran a “target group” for the Israeli regime, as was quite clear in his speech to the U.S. Congress. He demonizes Iran by claiming that Iran, not Israel, is the dangerous (potential) aggressor. He insists that Iran must be stopped before it is too late.


Netanyahu’s rhetoric fits in with what de Swaan identifies as precursors to a future outbreak of mass killing: a regime’s propaganda…”demonizes the target group.” 


“The target group (Iran) is depicted as the (potential) aggressor: the regime’s people (in this case, Israel) are the ones being threatened, and they (Israel) risk becoming the victim of the target group and its foreign patrons (the U.S.? Russia?).” 


Another precursor, explains de Swaan, exaggerates the importance of a current situation: “According to the regime, the present moment is a decisive turning point in history. From now on everything will be different, if only the regime’s people seize their chance to act together resolutely.”    


Unfortunately, acting “resolutely” for Netanyahu could mean launching a surprise “shock and awe” nuclear attack with the aim of bringing Iran to its knees before it can fight back.


Last but not least, de Swaan’s research reveals that those involved in massacres ordinarily have “full confidence of impunity.”  They do not believe they will ever face punishment.


Unlimited sovereignty opens the door to world crimes


The culprit that opens the door to world crimes without fear of punishment is unlimited national sovereignty. “Sovereignty” means no authority greater than itself.   Each nation is allowed to deal with its own internal affairs without outside interference. Few nations are willing to prosecute their own leaders for world crimes.


A dilemma for the citizenry occurs when a country’s ruling government becomes corrupt, or turns rogue. Elections are rigged. Legislators are bought and paid for.  Courts favor those in power. The media becomes merely a propaganda outlet.


If you are a citizen of such a country, those in power are able to block meaningful remedies from within. Hence the need for a higher level of judicial appeal beyond the national government.


Deeply flawed and weak UN judiciary system


At its core what is wrong is a deeply flawed UN Charter with an almost invisible judicial system. The UN Security Council allows its permanent five veto members special privileges.  They can prevent any prosecution of their own leaders, even if they have committed horrendous world crimes.


The International Court of Justice (also known as the World Court), the relatively new International Criminal Court, and the various ad hoc courts are not given enough authority to be able to provide justice when powerful heads of state are the criminals. Sovereignty is used to protect them from prosecution.


In the present geopolitical system then, most heads of state need not fear prosecution, especially those from powerful nations. Occasionally the ICC takes a case when the head of state is from a weaker nation like from Africa. Some heads of state have been tried using ad hoc courts such as created for the Nuremberg trials.


Higher level of justice through the Earth Constitution


The design of the Earth Constitution’s judiciary and enforcement system has provisions not found in the UN Charter that give a nation’s citizenry another level of legal action to deter world crimes, and provide a better opportunity for real justice when crimes occur.

 

Under the world judiciary of the Earth Constitution, heads of state like Mr. Netanyahu would have to think twice before committing world crimes. 


No one should be above the law.  


By Roger Kotila, Ph.D.                                                                                                                            Editor, Earth Federation News & Views  in  www.earthfederation.info


February 13, 2015

Progressive View column by Dr. Bob Hanson in the Rossmoor News (California), February 4, 2015 

 

 

3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

 

You may have heard of the “Doomsday Clock.”  The clock represents the count down down to zero in minutes to nuclear apocalypse…midnight.  The project is carried on by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.  This is the 22ndtime since 1947 that the hands of the clock have been moved.  This year, these nuclear experts moved the minute hand ahead two minutes…not a good sign.  The clock has ranged from a low of two minutes to a high of 17 minutes at the end of the Cold War with the Soviet Union.  I’m sure there are a number of factors taken into consideration when these knowledgeable scientists move the minute hand backward or forward, but a major one has to be the refusal of the United States and the other nuclear weapons states to live up to our obligations to begin dismantling our warheads and leading the way toward a world free of nuclear weapons.  We had agreed to do so by signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1968, providing the nations of the world who do not have the devices would refrain from developing them.  Now those countries are beginning to think that maybe they should get their own bomb if the U.S., Russia, China, Britain and France not only hold on to those they have, but proceed to improve them.

 

One small country, The Marshall Islands is taking the nuclear powers to court in the International Court of Justice, because of our inaction.  Chances are if the court rules in favor of the small nation, we and the other powers will simply ignore the verdict, but maybe it will cause some embarrassment to Obama, Putin and their fellow travelers.  The people of the Marshall Islands know first hand the effects of nuclear explosions…they were a proving ground for our tests back in the ‘50s.

Today, they pay the price  with sky-rocketing cancer rates and a radio active environment.

 

Some of us remember the frightening days of the Cuban Missile crisis when the hand was at one minute to midnight.  We came very close to seeing the end of civilization as we know it.  Fortunately, the Soviets blinked and all-out war was avoided.

 

Do we really want to pass along the threat of nuclear warfare, by accident or design, which could destroy life on earth, to our grandchildren and great grandchildren?

 

Studies conclude that even a small regional nuclear war such as one between India and Pakistan using just 100 Hiroshima size bombs out of the 16,330 weapons in today’s stockpiles would result in up to two billion deaths due to  the dramatic climate change and famine that would follow.  Experts agree that there would be no possible adequate medical response to such a calamity.

 

We must all speak out against the Congressional and Administration plans to spend up to a trillion dollars in the next three decades “modernizing” the nuclear arsenal and delivery systems.  This is the ultimate waste of taxpayer funds that are badly needed in so many other areas, such as infrastructure, health care, education, etc., etc.

 

The greatest threats to us today and in the near future are  terrorist organizations, failed states, environmental destruction and climate chaos.  None of these threats can be dealt with by a “modernized” nuclear arms system.

 

One hopeful sign I see is in the leadership of Pope Francis.  I am not Catholic, but am inspired by his call for building fraternity among the nations.  He challenges us to take care of the poor, return to the messages of Jesus, and end war.

 

As Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire states: “Today, in the 21stCentury, as we the human family face increasing violence, we are challenged to admit that we are on the wrong path, and that we need to find new ways of thinking and doing things from a global perspective.”

 

The international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons was established by the United Nations General Assembly in order to increase public awareness about the threat  these weapons  pose to humanity.  So, the small countries of the world get it.  I have heard that there is a move to abolish the Security Council, whose five veto-wielding members just happen to be the nuclear powers.  Maybe this would be a good idea.  The world is ready to outlaw the terrible devices.  It’s sad that we are standing in the way.

 

It is tempting to say that what I do won’t do anything to change the course of world events, but if a critical mass of ordinary citizens demands peace and an end to war, our leaders will have to get the message.  Apathy will ensure that we continue down the pathway toward midnight and the end of the good life we have enjoyed.


by columnist Dr. Bob Hanson, Rossmoor News

December 21, 2014

Armageddon or Disarmageddon:  We Have A Choice

by Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

 

As the war on terror deepens in the Middle East, the spreading military chaos raises the question of an Armageddon scenario—the Biblical prophecy of the end of the world.

 

Professor Michel Chossudovsky’s carefully documented 102 page "Towards A World War III Scenario" offers an ominous warning: "The U.S. has embarked on a military adventure, a 'long war', which threatens the future of humanity."  

 

So is Armageddon inevitable, or do antiwar activists have a peaceful alternative? 

 

The public is largely unaware of the Earth Constitution—what I’ve described as a “gift to humanity” waiting to be discovered, and perhaps our best option to bring about a fundamental change from a geopolitical war system to a global peace system.   

 

Unfortunately for the world, there are millions of Christians who believe that a “final battle”, literally, is on its way. Some, who believe in the Rapture, welcome it.   

 

Provoking conflict

For example, some Christian groups help fund illegal Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory which serves to provoke dangerous eruptions of conflict—another step closer to a “final battle.”

 

Chossudovsky notes that the Global War on Terrorism is presented to the public as a "clash of civilizations."  Islamic extremists are said to seek a global caliphate under Islamic law, whereas the US/NATO/Israel are described as defending themselves and Western values.  

 

Yet the real conflict, Chossudovsky concludes, is not about values and religion, but an "outright war of conquest, guided by strategic and economic objectives." In other words,   US domination in the Middle East for military advantage and control of oil and other resources.

 

Longing for Jesus at any cost

Chossudovsky’s analysis of Middle East hostilities may be generally accurate, but he may underestimate the role of Armageddon enthusiasts. There are millions of Christians who believe that we are now witnessing signs of the Last Days that will culminate in Armageddon.    

 

Indeed, prophecies in both the Old and New Testament warn of a time of suffering, death and destruction of epic proportions--a war between good and evil prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

 

The belief in End Times coupled with a longing for the return of Jesus Christ, causes some Christians to ignore, or reject outright, the antiwar movement.

 

If it takes Armageddon before Jesus will return, then so be it—bombs away!

 

One might dismiss Last Days prophecy as delusional fantasy, except for the very real existence of nuclear weapons, and documented options developed by the Pentagon and NATO to use nukes on the conventional battlefield, and by US/Israel for a surprise attack against Iran.

 

There are eerie similarities between prophecy and current geopolitical conflicts.

For example, in the Gospel of Luke (Chapter 21):  “Then he said to them, Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom…And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven…”

 

In the Book of Revelation (Chapter 16) St. John’s bizarre vision describes a God that orders his angels to “…pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.”

 

An angel “…poured his vial upon the sun—and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.” “For they are the spirits of devils…which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty…And he gathered them together into a place called…Armageddon.”

 

Would Jesus be a peace activist?

Which raises an unusual question:  If Jesus returned today, either in spirit or in person, would he become a peace activist?  Would he speak out against nuclear war and Armageddon?

 

Fortunately for humanity, Jesus Christ is known more for his desire for peace than a demand for war.  Among Christians he is proudly proclaimed to be the “Prince of Peace”.

 

In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew, Chapter 5) Jesus preached that “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.”

 

Isaiah 9:6-7 predicts that “a son is born” whose name shall be called “Wonderful,” “Counselor,” “The mighty God,” “The Prince of Peace.”  “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end…”

 

In Isaiah 2:2-4 we read, “And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any  more.”

 

A path to safety

World federalists believe that there is a path to safety that can eliminate nuclear weapons, and end war.  We must establish a democratic world federation.  World union must replace competition for resources and military advantage.

 

When Texas and California have a conflict, they don’t go to war, they go to Court, or to Congress.  Disputes are resolved peacefully.  Peaceful solutions are possible because the states are in a federal union government under the U.S. Constitution. In similar fashion, nations must join in a world federal union government under the Earth Constitution.


The public has a right to know that there is a civilized way to govern the world without war or nuclear endangerment.  We know what to do. The Earth Constitution took thirty years to draft by visionaries anticipating this moment in history.

 

By Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

Editor, Earth Federation News & Views

www.earthfederation.info

Editorial: Climate marches may well promote, not prevent, climate collapse

Glen Martin, PhD

by Glen T. Martin, PhD*

The largest environmental protest march in history took place in New York on September 21, a truly massive event that was intended to send a message to participants in the U.N. Climate Conference scheduled to convene in Paris in mid-November. The march included famous environmentalist spokespersons such as Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Jane Goodall, and Vandana Shiva as well as concerned political leaders such as Senators Bernie Sanders and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

However, all the concern, protest, and the making of speeches in the world will not save the environment if we don’t direct our attention to the root political cause of the destruction of our planetary environment. Sadly, it is likely that not one speech at the climate march by these leaders even touched on this primary issue. And those who will be meeting in Paris in November (representatives of sovereign nation-states and their corporate backers) will never mention the root cause, and so the likelihood of their being any progress in Paris is close to zero.

The root causes of climate collapse are not ignorance, and they are not lack of good will to protect the climate. We know a great deal about ecosystems, pollution, and how the destruction works. And probably most corporate leaders, politicians, and citizens genuinely care about the environment. Neither are the root causes due to lack of popular support. Everywhere people are trying to recycle, conserve energy, and minimize their ecological footprints, and governments are offering tax incentives for environmentally friendly technology. But none of this is sufficient to prevent climate collapse.

The root causes of environmental destruction are not primarily psychological but structural. It is not so much a question of will and caring but the issue of the modern world system itself. The delegates meeting in Paris to discuss climate change will be representatives of a global capitalism inextricably interwoven with a system of sovereign nation-states, each state promoting its own multi-national corporations and competing with the others for power, influence, position, resources, and markets.

Many of these representatives have long known the disturbing facts of climate collapse. The first U.N. environmental conference took place in Stockholm in 1972. The disturbing facts about climate change were well known to those attending the giant U.N. environmental conference in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Its famous document “Agenda 21” was in many ways right on target in its demand for significant reduction of greenhouse gases by the dawn of the 21st century. The U.N. worldwide environmental conference that followed this, in Johannesburg in 2002, recognized the near total failure of the nations and corporations of the world to meet the Agenda 21 goals. The same recognition was there in the 2009 U.N. environmental conference in Copenhagen. The nations of the world, colonized almost exclusively by global corporate capitalism, have been unable to make any significant progress in preventing or slowing climate collapse.

Why don’t we get the picture? The climate threat is obviously a planetary problem, and 193 sovereign nations can never act as a legal planetary organization to regulate corporations or restrain all the nations simultaneously and equitably. To be a sovereign nation means to recognize no enforceable law above itself. In a competitive system of lawless sovereign nations, there can never be consistent global laws protecting the environment or restraining the greed of corporations.

To prevent climate change we need system change. The present world system makes climate collapse inevitable. In my 2013 book, The Anatomy of a Sustainable World: Our Choice between Climate Change or System Change, the frightening facts about the on-going destruction of our planetary ecosystem are laid out through the words of the climate scientists themselves. The book shows what is necessary for a sustainable world system: a world parliament legislating enforceable environmental laws and economic principles that end the rape of the planet’s forests, oceans, and fossil resources; plus legislative efforts to convert everyone—all 7 billion people, 193 nation-states, and multi-national corporations—to sustainable ways of producing, recycling, and drawing on renewable clean energy sources. This book shows in detail how this sustainability system has been carefully designed within the Earth Constitution.

It has to be everyone or it will be no one. The U.N. can be the vehicle for this system-transformation, if its unworkable Charter, premised as it is on the absurdity of lawless sovereign nation-states, is replaced with the Constitution for the Federation of Earth. The Earth will then have a World Parliament, a World Court system with universal jurisdiction, and a civilian World Police that can make sustainability happen, protecting the future of our planet and our children. All the nations will then flourish as democratic units within this Earth Federation. But this conversion based on the simple truth that it has to be everyone or no one simply cannot happen under the anarchy of lawless, militarized sovereign states who put environmental concerns way down on the list while they promote their influence, power, struggle over natural resources, and competition for markets.

The Paris Conference this month will be a failure, and all the environmental protests and marches in the world will be a failure, as long as we fail to demand the conversion of the world from a fragmented war and greed system to a coherent Sustainability System, under a democratic World Parliament and enforceable world law. This must be the basis of our protests, our speaking out, and our influence as citizens. We must demand system-change, for the present world system is inherently destructive of the climate and our future. And the most practical means for true system change will be to replace the present U.N. Charter with the Constitution for the Federation of Earth, transforming our present planetary disorder to a system that is truly democratic, sustainable, and free.

*Glen T. Martin is President of the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA), President of the Institute on World Problems, and Professor of Philosophy at Radford University in Virginia. Author or editor of 10 books, he is a member of the Board of the Democratic World Federalists and a frequent contributor to progressive on-line journals.

      October 7, 2014                                  NO-MORES
                                                                
        by Mary Harris 
                                                                     peace activist, age 97 

Some say "Some-mores" are a delicious treat, but I haven’t tried them yet. I present here a truly delectable idea:  "No-mores."

Listed below are suggestions for a United World Government to assimilate into its administrative, judicial, and social system.  I assume of course that an eventual world government, probably or hopefully federal and democratic, will make “No-mores” an important part of the global good government system. 

No-more bombs
No-more war
No-more torture
No-more invading countries for their resources
No-more making enemies
No-more killing for land
No-more crude oil pipelines
No-more “fracking”
No-more “solving problems” by hating, killing, or revenge
No-more adult “trick or treat” (extortion)
No-more excuses for global violence
No-more massacres
No-more mass incarcerations
No-more starvation
No-more homelessness
No-more prejudice
No-more racism, sexism, or ageism 
No-more ghettos
No-more nonjudicial killings
No-more “all options are on the table” 
No-more police militarism
No-more hate education
No-more world anarchy
No-more surveillance

By Mary Harris
     Artist, retired teacher, and peace activist
      Age 97
      Democratic World Federalists
      San Francisco, California, USA 

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September 18, 2014
WCPA Statement for the International Youth Anti-Imperialist Conference in Istanbul at the end of October, 2014

 

World Constitution and Parliament Association

Locations in Africa, Costa Rica, Bangladesh, India, Libya, Macedonia, Malaysia, Thailand, and USA

www.worldparliament-gov.org        www.earth-constitution.org         www.earthfederation.info         www.worldproblems.net

Statement on Imperialism

T

he World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) was founded in 1958 by Philip Isely and others in order to establish a world of peace, justice, and freedom for all people on Earth.  These early founders of WCPA understood that World War II was a war amongst imperial nations for hegemony and control of Europe and the world. They wrote the Constitution for the Federation of Earth in order to end the system of militarized imperial nation-states and create a decent, equitable world system for all peoples.

 

These founders understood that the modern age of militarized nation-states has always been based on imperialism. In the 16th and 17th centuries it was the Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese who ravaged the world in search of colonies and riches. In the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, it has been the British, French, Germans, Russians, and Americans who have dominated the global in competition for markets, cheap resources, slaves and spheres of colonial or neo-colonial control.

 

Today, many top scholars have identified the structure of this world system as a whole.  It is a system that economically and militarily revolves around a global hegemon, a global center of power that dominates the planet.  Such a center of power may be composed of a militarized coalition of dominating nations, such as NATO.  Yet since World War II, these scholars have often identified Washington, DC, as the major location for this global imperial center.

 

The work of World System Scholars further divides the remaining countries of the world into groups of nations called “semi-peripheral” and “peripheral” nations. Peripheral nations make up the majority of nations and people on Earth, mostly in the global south.  They are kept in a condition of economic impoverishment, low technology, and relative weakness by the imperial system.  Their function is to supply cheap labor and cheap raw materials to the imperial center and its allies. 

 

Semi-peripheral nations share some characteristics with both the imperial center nations and the peripheral nations. They are somewhat more developed in technology, infrastructure, and industry. Semi-peripheral nations may aspire to become part of the center. However, like the peripheral nations they are subject to manipulation, subversion, invasion, or overthrow by the security, economic, and military forces of the imperial center. These nations may also themselves occasionally engage in imperialism, invading, manipulating, or overthrowing their weaker neighbors.

 

The World Constitution and Parliament association recognizes peoples’ need to resist specific acts or systems of imperialism.  However, imperialism is built into the world system.  Historically the imperial center has changed, but the world system remains in place. The only practical way to end imperialism and protect the rights and dignity of all nations and all people on Earth is to transform the world system itself.  The Constitution for the Federation of Earth, and sessions of the Provisional World Parliament, are the best possible ways to address the scourge of imperialism.

 

We must establish a non-military, democratic Earth Federation that transforms the economy of Earth into one that serves all people equitably, that ends war and militarism among nations, and that protects the human rights and dignity of all peoples everywhere.  It is not enough to be “anti-imperialist.” We can and must demonstrate the alternative.  We must all work in solidarity to ratify the Earth Constitution. This is the only way to transform the imperialistic world system into a world based on freedom, peace, and justice. Please join WCPA—and stand in solidarity for a decent world system for everyone on the Earth.

July 27, 2014

Bad Religion/Good Religion and War: Zionists, Palestine, Gaza, ISIS

 
Religious extremists frequently hijack a religion and bring out the worst in it, rather than the best.  "Good religion" becomes a victim of "bad religion".  Under the spell of bad religion we see the emergence of intolerance, hate, fear, and exceptionalism -- a poisonous brew that can lead to violence and war.  
 
We have seen the tragic effects of "bad religion" in all major faiths, but the current war in Israel/Palestine/Gaza and Iraq/Syria highlight the danger when bad religion overcomes good religion, and there is no global authority capable of limiting the conflict. The current wars in the Middle East reveal an underbelly of theological ideology feeding the violence. 
 
The vast majority of all religions practice what may be defined as "good religion," and pose no threat to the safety and security of our world. But in times of religious extremism and geopolitical opportunism, the moderate and morally healthy voices of religion are drowned out by sociopathic extremists who practice division and exceptionalism.   
 
When extremists hijack religion
History and current geopolitics are full of tragic examples of what happens when extremists hijack a religion.  Hitler used Christianity against the Jews.  Jewish Zionists interpret the Old Testament to justify stealing the land and homes of the Palestinians.  Claiming to be God's "chosen" people, Zionists argue that the "Promised Land" was meant for them.  Violent force has been the Israeli Zionists' method of choice that is currently being used to bring the Palestinians in Gaza back into submission.
 
The forcible heist of Palestinian lands by Israel is being aided by fundamentalist Christians who long for Armageddon, and by American Empire seeking more control in the Middle East. (The American Congress recently voted unanimously to support the right of Israel to violently destroy an almost defenseless, imprisoned Gaza population. Nothing was said about Palestinians' rights to freedom and equality.)
 
Speeding up the end of the world
Christian fundamentalists help fund illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands to fulfill Biblical prophecy and to provoke a final war in the Middle East. They seek to quicken the pace to an Armageddon (massive death and destruction) telling themselves that then the promised Rapture will occur, and Christ will return.  
 
The United Nations has been unable to prevent the routine violations by Israel of international law and UN mandates. The UN lacks an effective and fair world judiciary and enforcement system. (The Earth Constitution would correct this fatal flaw in the UN Charter.)
 
When the Palestinians protest their captivity in Gaza by building tunnels to the outside and firing rockets against Israel, so much the better for Armageddon loyalists.
 
When bad religion is in the driver's seat, the good and decent people of the world who practice a loving and kindly form of their religion become victims themselves. This irony is illustrated in an important attached article by a thoughtful Muslim scholar, Dr. Aslam Abdullah. 
 
It is an important article that challenges the negative stereotypes of the Muslim faith currently demonized by much of mainstream American media -- what appears to be a propaganda campaign to insure that Americans have an "enemy" to fear and loath. Instilling fear is a handy tool for the military/industrial/national security complex to insure large budgets (and big profits).
 
Dr. Abdullah brings out the core goodness from the Quran -- the loving principles that define the authentic Islamic faith practiced by the vast majority of all Muslims, yet at the same time he addresses the problem of extremism such as reported regarding ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).  
 
Authentic Islam rejects extremist violence
Dr. Abdullah challenges those (extremist) Muslims who have called for death of those who criticize, or show irreverence toward the Prophet Muhammad and the Islamic faith.
 
Blaspheme, Abdullah explains, never justifies punishment by death which is contrary to the teachings and the actual life lived by the Prophet.  
 
ISIS is allegedly insisting upon sharia law, parts of which violate universal human rights such as punishing females who seek the same freedoms given men, and threatening punishment by death for blaspheme or other forms of apostasy.  Dr. Abdullah's description of authentic Islamic values suggests that the ISIS use of sharia law is wrong, and not representative of true Islam.  
 
Abdullah's article, titled "Is Blaspheme Punishable by Death in Islam?" helps us to understand bad and good religion, and is an antidote to western media prejudices that have demonized the Muslim faith.  Below is the link (you may need to copy and paste)*
 
*Thanks to IslamiCity.com for permission to publish. Other relevant articles can be found on their website at www.IslamiCity.com.  The article was also published 5/7/2011 in the Muslim Observer.
 
Path to a peaceful and safe world
The misuse of sacred texts (by Muslims, Jews, Christians, etc.) is a major obstacle to world union and to a peaceful, prosperous and safe world.  We need more theologians like Dr. Abdullah to speak out when their own religion is captured by extremists.   
 
We know that the vast majority of all religious faiths consist of moderates who favor love, kindness, and tolerance of others, and who simply seek a peaceful, safe, and healthy world for themselves, their families, and their communities.
 
The Earth Constitution offers a solution not found in the UN Charter. It provides for peaceful alternatives to war to resolve conflicts by means of enforceable world laws and a democratically elected World Parliament.  It insures freedom of religion but also protection for universal human rights.  
 
-- R Kotila, Ph.D.
    Editor, Earth Federation News & Views  
June 1, 2014
Ukraine, NATO, and more:  Time for the UN to look to the Earth Constitution? 
 
The United Nations Charter seeks "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war," but has not been able to live up to its rhetoric.  
 
From the UN's inception in 1945 in San Francisco world federalists warned that the UN's Charter was fatally flawed. Sure enough, geopolitical hotspots and war have erupted with regularity.
 
The current crisis in the Ukraine is the latest example of UN helplessness.  The elected government of the Ukraine was overthrown with covert help from the United States, and then Russia, fearful of encroachment by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, proceeded to annex Crimea.  
 
Politicians and the public are largely unaware that there is a potential solution to these dangerous geopolitical maneuverings that could spark a world war. The Earth Constitution is waiting.  It is ready to go.
 
Scourge of war out of reach for the UN
 
Ending the "scourge of war" has been out of reach for the UN.  Weaker countries are routinely the victims of Bully nations who use covert operations, economic manipulation, and outright military aggression to control or overthrow governments.
 
The UN's defective Charter allows the leaders of the  so-called "great" powers to toss international law aside, indeed to do almost anything at all, with impunity. The UN watched helplessly as the United States illegally invaded first Afghanistan, then Iraq.
 
For the world community the leaders of bully nations are literally "above the law" as was seen in the brutal "shock and awe" attack on Iraq wherein the US president and the generals responsible for this illegal invasion were never prosecuted for their war crimes, including torture.
 
The UN has been unable to prevent wars by proxy. For example, it could not prevent the upheaval in Syria supported by Saudi Arabia, the US, and Russia. Saudi Arabia has openly provided the insurgents with money and weapons in its campaign for regime change, ironical in view of the fact that Saudi Arabia itself is a dictatorship.
 
Israel's brutal attack on the Palestinians in Gaza and its ongoing silent war against them in the form of a blockade have left the Palestinians essentially imprisoned in Gaza.  The UN cannot free them.
 
Israeli leaders have never been prosecuted for committing world crimes, nor have sanctions been applied  because the US protects Israel from consequences by using its veto power in the UN Security Council.  
  
UN overshadowed by the US/NATO 
 
The UN has been overshadowed by US/NATO.  The results have been disastrous for the countries invaded by this military alliance which ignores international law and makes its own rules, apparently motivated by the goal of world empire, and for "energy security" which one suspects means to satisfy the financial yearnings of private oil corporations. 
 
Targets of US/NATO assaults include Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya.  The people see their homes and cities destroyed, including the infrastructure so that basics like water and electricity are barely available.  Horrendous civil wars have resulted.  
 
Libya was targeted by the US/NATO and the dictator Muammar Khadafy deposed, yet the people are worse off than ever with the country devastated and in a state of anarchy. We see a similar fate for Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and soon, possibly the Ukraine.
 
In the Ukraine the UN is unable to prevent the internal interference by the United States that helped cause the violent overthrow by neo-fascists of its elected government.  To complicate matters,  US/NATO seeks a door into the Ukraine, a move that has caused apprehension for Russia since the Ukraine lies on its border.   
 
Is US/NATO a threat to world peace?
 
The UN has been unable to restrain US/NATO expansion. The facts about NATO as revealed by Mahdi Nazemroaya in "The Globalization of NATO" are alarming. The US/NATO military alliance, he reports, is carrying out plans to militarily encircle both Russia and China.
 
NATO's interest in the Ukraine along with the announcement by the US of its "pivot to Asia" confirms Nazemroaya's analysis. Fear of encirclement caused Russia to annex Crimea, and spurred China to begin to increase its own military might.  
 
US/NATO actions appear so irresponsible and reckless that it is even conceivable that an attempt at regime change may be in the making to oust Russian President Vladimir Putin who is currently being demonized by the western press.
 
One can reasonably conclude that NATO, basically a military alliance led by the US, threatens world peace because of its actions to expand worldwide, yet claims it only seeks "security."  But isn't that why we have the United Nations? 
  
The UN must turn to the Earth Constitution
 
It is easy to illustrate the UN's failures.  We are living them everyday through the news, -- always a new geopolitical conflict or outrage of one kind or another. Nations operate in a global war system.

 

The Earth Constitution provides a global peace system. Disputes between nations are resolved without war (which is outlawed). Conflicts are resolved peacefully through adjudication in specialized world courts, or by a democratically elected World Parliament -- lacking in the UN structure.

 
A core problem is that the UN cannot override the decisions of the undemocratic UN Security Council with its five permanent veto members who use the veto to protect themselves and their allies no matter what wrong they have committed.  The United States, Russia and China have most often abused this veto power.
 
The public knows little about the UN's real problems which go back to its unsatisfactory Charter. They know even less about the Earth Constitution, drafted by the World Constitution and Parliament Association in order to have a constructive alternative to the UN, one that has the potential to actually end war and the lawless anarchy which so undermines a civilized society.
 
Professor Glen T. Martin, author of "World Revolution Through World Law," has described the Earth Constitution as the "most important document" of the 20th and 21st centuries.  It is designed to accomplish what the UN has been unable to do.
 
The Earth Constitution offers a solution to the nightmare of war and nuclear weapons. Its design is for nonmilitary government both at the global and national levels, of critical importance because military power can never bring true security or peace, a lesson not understood by the US/NATO.
 
The only realistic goal for a safe and secure world must be world union. We must federate. The nations must form a world federation that truly represents the global community.  There must be enforceable world law in league with a democratically elected world parliament.  There is no shortcut. 
 
It is time for the UN and the peoples of the world to look to the Earth Constitution.
 
by Roger Kotila, Ph.D.
Editor, Earth Federation News & Views  at  www.earthfederation.info  

March 10, 2014

F-35, MAD, Suitcase Nukes, or... Why I Became a World Federalist


The new F-35  joint strike fighter aircraft is symbolic of what's fatally wrong with the Pentagon's long-standing war policy of mutual assured destruction (MAD). It may one day carry nuclear missiles. With 18.6 million lines of software code required for the F-35 to "function at its operational specifications" (Boardman, RSN, 9-22-13), one can only sigh in disbelief.

 

It is just another reason why it is time to end a  nuclear military policy defended by the dinosaurs at the Pentagon and richly funded by Congress.  A totally new nonmilitary security doctrine is desperately needed. It has appeared in the form of the Earth Constitution, and that is why I became a world federalist.

 

Increasingly technical, what could possibly go wrong?

As the world gets increasingly technical, the chances for something to go terribly wrong are virtually inevitable, a conclusion clearly explained in Eric Schlosser's "Command and Control," an in-depth investigation of nuclear weapons (Penguin Press, 2013). Technical failure or human error is inescapable.

 

Defense pundits have defended MAD because, so far, nuclear war has been avoided.  Unfortunately, the theory is based upon the rational notion that no one would attack the United States because we could totally destroy them in retaliation.  It makes perfect sense, and it works...except when it doesn't. 

 

It is tempting to believe that MAD isn't mad. Unfortunately, psychologically, the policy gives a false sense of security. MAD requires excessive nuclear weaponry which in turn increases the overall risk that, sooner or later, something will go horribly wrong.

 

MAD versus the 'David' factor

MAD fails to take into account a determined foe -- best illustrated in the Biblical legend of David and Goliath.  Despite the fact that Goliath was an overwhelmingly powerful foe, it did not deter David. 

 

At the operational level MAD consists of  the "nuclear triad" -- nuclear warheads that can be delivered from the air, under the sea, or from land.  But what about the 'David' factor?

 

The Defense Department, some years after Hiroshima, developed "man portable" atomic bombs.  Adam Rawnsley and David Brown ("The Littlest Boy", Foreign Policy, Jan./Feb. 2014) describe the original miniature nuke -- the B-54 Special Atomic Demolition Munition (SADM). It weighed 58 pounds and could be carried on the back of a soldier.

 

These miniaturized atomic bombs gave way to Edward Teller's thermonuclear hydrogen bombs -- vastly more powerful than the original atomic bomb, yet some as small as 3 feet in length -- small enough to fit in a large suitcase. 

 

The possibility of "suitcase" nukes coupled with the 'David' factor render the Pentagon's doctrine of massive retaliation hopelessly useless, and irresponsibly dangerous to the world.  Such miniaturized nukes in the hands of state directed terrorists (false flag operations), or non-state terrorists, could potentially be secretly placed in major cities.

 

Such a scenario renders the vastly expensive missile defense systems irrelevant.  Moreover, the nation of the vaporized city would not know who to retaliate against, making MAD useless.

 

First strike and launch on warning further endangers us

Seeking military advantage, or fearing an impending attack by an adversary, first strike has become part of Pentagon and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) policy. Put differently, strategists have adopted the right to launch a surprise nuclear attack. 

 

Additionally, decision time is foolishly short. Many of our missiles are on "hair trigger" alert (i.e., launch on warning).

 

"In a nuclear crisis, the U.S. secret war plan calls for the president to decide in just 13 minutes what he should do in the event there is a serious warning of a missile attack," reports Pulitzer Prize recipient David Hoffman (Foreign Policy, Feb., 2013).   Thirteen minutes to decide to destroy the world?  What could possibly go wrong? 

 

What is wrong with this picture?

"Flag officers in unified combatant commands,... are now given authority by the US president to have operational control over nuclear weapons to launch attacks on their own prerogatives." (Nazemroaya, "The Globalization of NATO", 2012) 

 

Former nuclear commanders talk of handing over bombs to NATO units from other nations which, in retrospect, "you wouldn't trust with a .22 rifle."  (Eric Schlosser, Command and Control, 2013)

 

"...an Air Force general in charge of nuclear-tipped missiles relieved for drunkenness off duty -- follows a long list of officer wrong-doings over the last year."  (San Francisco Chronicle, 10-24-13)

 

"In just one example, in August, 2007, six nuclear warheads disappeared for two days between North Dakota's Minot and Louisiana's Barksdale Air Force bases." (San Francisco Chronicle, 12-11-11)  

 

"Twice this year alone, Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post..."  (Associated Press, 10-23-13)

 

A world free of nuclear danger...or, Why I became a world federalist

The world federalist solution provides the means for security without nuclear weapons.  By contrast, the United Nations system has been handicapped by its Charter, hence unable to eliminate nuclear weapons, or end war.

 

Einstein and other high level thinkers concluded many years ago that the world federalist solution is the (only) path to eliminate nuclear weapons. The world does not have to continue to live in the cold shadow of a nuclear nightmare. We know what to do.

 

Under the protection of a world constitution

A democratic world federal constitution gives nations a nonmilitary means to resolve conflicts. Differences between nations are resolved nonviolently -- by means of courts and enforceable world law, and a democratically elected world parliament.

 

The Earth Constitution, drafted by world federalists and world citizens worldwide, is now ready for ratification by the peoples of the world, and by the nations. 

 

by Roger Kotila, Ph.D.   Editor, Earth Federation News & Views    earthfederation.info

Peace Strategy Upgrade: Putting "Ending War Itself" on the Table

 
Written by Dr. Roger Kotila    First published on Reader Supported News
January 19, 2014
 
On January 1, 2014 an "invitation to join a movement" came across my desk from David Swanson, an articulate World Beyond War organizer announcing plans underway to launch a global movement to abolish war itself.

What was missing was clear recognition of the necessity to replace the current dysfunctional geopolitical system with the world federalist solution.

World federalists warned from the very beginning that the United Nations Charter was flawed, and that the UN system would not be able to abolish war.

That is why it seems important that Beyond War organizers look closely at the Earth Constitution -- a carefully designed democratic world federation that creates a new geopolitical system that actually could abolish war.

Swanson writes: "I'm involved in helping to organize a global campaign for the abolition of war. We've begun holding conference calls, setting up committees, discussing plans by list serve, raising funds, and creating a website. We plan to launch the campaign with a big international event on September 21, 2014."

"In the meantime, we're looking for input, advice, and participation from groups and individuals around the globe -- and not just peace groups. We're working to build a broad coalition of every organization that would like to see an end to war. All individuals and organizations, all over the world, are invited to sign a statement in support of ending all war..."

World Beyond War strategy appears to include the use of strong factual, emotional, and moral appeals to emphasize the terrible destructiveness of war, coupled with warnings of the always present danger of unexpected nuclear annihilation.

Activists will also be ..."expanding the global nonviolent peace force of civilian, trained, international, nonviolent peacekeepers and peacemakers who will be available to protect civilians and local peace and human rights workers endangered by conflicts in all parts of the world and to help build peace where there is or has been violent conflict."

If "ending war itself" captures the popular imagination, trained peacemakers determined to end war could conceivably organize and expand into an international "peace army" trained in nonviolent tactics.

Such a (global) peace army would be hard to ignore. It could make its voice heard. It could penetrate the propaganda of the military/industrial/secret operations/Big Money complex that year in and year out stirs up tensions, conflicts, and wars by creating a constant supply of invented, imagined, and real "enemies."

The total abolition of war will require more than powerful arguments, a global peace army, and brilliant nonviolent tactics to counter the military/industrial propaganda that fuels hate and fear.

A new geopolitical system must also be put into place.

Some activists cling to the notion that what is needed instead of a world federation is small government and local control. They are badly mistaken. Decentralized "local control" can never deal with the power of Big Money, Big Military, Big Police, and Big Secret Operations. Small, separate sovereign units simply make it easier for the powerful to divide, manipulate, conquer, and dominate.

There are some on the Left who believe that the real problem is capitalism, and what is needed is not a world federation but a new economic system. To be sure, money is like water, everybody needs it. Deprived of water in the garden of life, you and your family are flowers that will wilt away in the unforgiving grip of poverty.

But even if all nations transformed into democratic socialist economies beneficial and fair to all citizens, without a world federal union they would soon be at each other's throats -- fighting for oil, over water, or you name it.

We must face the fact that we will need a democratic world federation. There is no shortcut.

As World Beyond War organizers review and refine overall strategy, the Earth Constitution could emerge as a key factor, particularly if activists decide that the current geopolitical system must be changed.

The Earth Constitution deserves serious study. Its significance is not unlike the Magna Carta or the U.S. Constitution except now federalist and democratic principles are to be applied to all nations and peoples.

The public is largely unaware that there exists a rational and practical solution to the problem of war. Our lives need not be darkened by the fact that at any moment nuclear annihilation could erupt.

There is a way out. The Earth Constitution could become the beacon for world union, and the foundation for a world that is safe, democratic, prosperous, and fair to all.

World Beyond War serves a vital purpose when it boldly rejects war itself, and demands that war be abolished. Its agenda wisely goes beyond war, to include peace and social justice, the environment, and human rights.

We know what to do. We can fix this. We can end this nightmare.

Article by Roger Kotila     415.328-2341
Earth Federation News & Views  at  www.earthfederation.info
 
16 January 2014
EARTH CONSTITUTION THE MISSING LINK FOR "WORLD BEYOND WAR"?  [Ending war is a top priority. The "World Beyond War" strategy has exciting potential for real progress.  Read David Swanson's behind-the-scenes appeal to activists, followed by this editor's advocacy to utilize the Earth Constitution as a key tool to unify groups worldwide, and as the foundation to begin building the type of good government structure that will be needed to successfully abolish war.]
 
On Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 11:58 AM, David Swanson <davidcnswanson@gmail.com> wrote:

Invitation to Join a Movement:
I'm involved in helping to organize a global campaign for the abolition of war.  We've begun holding conference calls, setting up committees, discussing plans by listserve, raising funds, and creating a website.  We plan to launch the campaign with a big international event on September 21, 2014.  In the meantime, we're looking for input, advice, and participation from groups and individuals around the globe -- and not just peace groups.  We're working to build a broad coalition of every organization that would like to see an end to war.  All individuals and organizations, all over the world, are invited to sign a statement in support of ending all war, and to join in the planning of this new movement at http://WorldBeyondWar.org  Here is the statement.
   I understand that wars and militarism make us less safe rather than protect us, that they kill, injure and traumatize adults, children and infants, severely damage the natural environment, erode civil liberties, and drain our economies, siphoning resources from life-affirming activities. I commit to engage in and support nonviolent efforts to end all war and preparations for war and to create a sustainable and just peace.

To sign this, and to get involved in many different ways, 
individuals should click here and organizations here.
When you sign, nothing more is required, but you can indicate -- if you choose -- how you would like to be involved.  You can also send questions, concerns, comments, and ideas to david@davidswanson.org 

Here's a bit more about what we're thinking:
Public opinion is moving against particular wars and the world's spending of $2 trillion every year on war and preparations for war. We plan to announce the launching of a broad movement capable of ending war preparations and transitioning to a peaceful world. We are creating the tools necessary to communicate the facts about war and discard the myths. We are creating ways to assist organizations around the world that are working on partial steps in the direction of a war-free world -- including developing peaceful means of achieving security and resolving conflict -- and to increase widespread understanding of such steps as progress toward war's complete elimination.
   If unnecessary suffering on an enormous scale is to be avoided, we must abolish war. Some 180 million people died in wars in the 20th century and, while we have not yet repeated a war on the scale of World War II, wars are not going away. Their devastation continues, measured in terms of deaths, injuries, trauma, millions of people having to flee their homes, financial cost, environmental destruction, economic drain, and erosion of civil and political rights.
   Unless we want to risk catastrophic loss or even extinction, we must abolish war. Every war brings with it both massive destruction and the risk of uncontrolled escalation. We are facing a world of greater weapons proliferation, resource shortages, environmental pressures, and the largest human population the earth has seen. In such a turbulent world, we must abolish sustained and coordinated militarized combat between groups (primarily governments) known as war, because its continuation puts all life on the planet at risk.

If we abolish war, humanity can not only survive and better address the climate crisis and other dangers, but will be able to create a better life for everyone. The reallocation of resources away from war promises a world whose advantages are beyond easy imagination. Some $2 trillion a year, roughly half from the United States and half from the rest of the world, is devoted to war and war preparation. Those funds could transform global efforts to create sustainable energy, agricultural, economic, health, and education systems. Redirection of war funding could save many times the lives that are taken by spending it on war.

While abolition is a larger demand than partial disarmament, which will be a necessary step along the way, if the case for abolition is made convincingly it has the potential to create support for serious and even total disarmament among people who would otherwise favor the maintenance of a large military for defense -- something that we've learned generates pressure for offensive warmaking. The first step in such a campaign must be persuading people of the possibility of, and the urgent need for, abolishing war. Awareness of the effectiveness of nonviolent action, nonviolent movements, and peaceful resolution of conflicts is growing rapidly, creating the increased possibility of persuading people that there are effective alternatives to war to resolve conflicts and achieve security.

The reduction and eventual elimination of war and the re purposing of the military-industrial complex could be of great benefit to sectors of the world economy and of public services to which that investment could be transferred. We are creating a broad coalition encompassing civilian industries and advocates for green energy, education, housing, healthcare, and other fields, including civil liberties, environmental protections, children's rights, and the governments of cities, counties, states, provinces, and nations that have had to make major cuts in social programs for their people. By demonstrating that war is not inevitable and that it is actually possible to eliminate war, this movement will develop the allies needed to make it a reality.

Resistance, including by those profiting financially from wars, will be intense. Such interests are, of course, not invincible. Raytheon's stock was soaring in the summer of 2013 as the White House planned to send missiles into Syria -- missiles that were not sent after dramatic public opposition arose. But ending all war will require defeating the propaganda of war promoters and countering the economic interests of war promoters with alternative economic possibilities. A wide variety of support for "humanitarian" and other particular varieties, or imagined varieties, of war will be countered with persuasive arguments and alternatives. We are creating a resource center that will put the best arguments against various types of war support at everyone's fingertips.

By organizing internationally, we will use progress made in one nation to encourage other nations to match or surpass it without fear. By educating people whose governments make war at a distance about the human costs of war (largely one-sided, civilian, and on a scale not widely understood) we will build a broad-based moral demand for an end to war. By presenting the case that militarism and wars make us all less safe and decrease our quality of life, we will strip war of much of its power. By creating awareness of the economic trade-offs, we will revive support for a peace dividend. By explaining the illegality, immorality, and terrible costs of war and the availability of legal, nonviolent and more effective means of defense and conflict resolution, we will build acceptance for what has only relatively recently been made into a radical proposal and ought to be viewed as a common sense initiative: the abolition of war.

While a global movement is needed, this movement cannot ignore or reverse the reality of where the greatest support for war originates. The United States builds, sells, buys, stockpiles, and uses the most weapons, engages in the most conflicts, stations the most troops in the most countries, and carries out the most deadly and destructive wars. By these and other measures, the U.S. government is the world's leading war-maker, and -- in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. Ending U.S. militarism would eliminate the pressure that is driving many other nations to increase their military spending. It would deprive NATO of its leading advocate for and greatest participant in wars. It would cut off the largest supply of weapons to the Middle East and other regions.

But war is not a U.S. or Western problem alone. This movement will focus on wars and militarism around the globe, helping to create examples of effective alternatives to violence and war, and examples of demilitarization as a path to greater, not lesser, security.  Short-term goals may include economic conversion commissions, partial disarmament, elimination of offensive but not defensive weapons, base closures, bans on particular weapons or tactics, promotion of diplomacy and international law, expansion of peace teams and human shields, promotion of nonmilitary foreign aid and crisis prevention, placing restrictions on military recruitment and providing potential soldiers with alternatives, drafting legislation to redirect war taxes into peace work, encouraging cultural exchange, discouraging racism, developing less destructive and exploitative lifestyles, the creation of a peace conversion task force to help communities make the transition from war making to meeting human and environmental needs, and expanding the global nonviolent peace force of civilian, trained, international, nonviolent peacekeepers and peacemakers who will be available to protect civilians and local peace and human rights workers endangered by conflicts in all parts of the world and to help build peace where there is or has been violent conflict.

To get involved, individuals should click here and organizations here.
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16 January 2014       Earth Federation News & Views

Editor Roger Kotila Reflects Upon the "World Beyond War" Strategy
 
The missing link to a permanent end to war is the world federalist solution.  The Earth Federation Movement, with its Earth Constitution,  offers a way to unite "we, the people" worldwide, and provides a brilliant democratic design to establish good government at the global level.

[Editor Kotila writes:] What seems to be missing in the "World Beyond War" plan (worldbeyondwar.org) is the world federalist solution.  That was Einstein's conclusion to end war, and that is why I believe the Constitution for the Federation of Earth (aka "Earth Constitution") needs our serious consideration. 

We must change the geopolitical system or the weapons of mass destruction will never be eliminated, wars will continue, poverty will remain a disgrace on the human race, and rights will be violated by whatever group of predators and sociopaths run this country, or that country, or this corporation, or that corporation.  The environment will continue to be endangered.  The United Nations has not been up to the task. 
The problem goes beyond economic change
Predatory, monopoly capitalism is part of the problem, but its elimination would not bring peace.  Socialist nations, each with independent sovereignty, would soon be at each other's throats, fighting for oil, or water, or you name it.  

We need a balance of economic socialism/and regulated capitalism.  The mixture of democratic socialism/capitalism seems positive to me, so long as the game of Monopoly is never allowed. 

Money is like water, everybody needs it.  Deprived of water in the garden of life, you and your family are flowers that wilt away in the unforgiving grip of poverty. 

No one should be above the Law
Universal human rights, although not perfect, are pretty good as a universal standard: Women's rights, children's rights, etc.  World crimes such as false flag operations, war crimes, torture, and crimes against humanity often go unpunished by those responsible.
 
But there must be a means to enforce violations of international and world law so that individuals in power who violate rights are held personally accountable (and suffer consequences such as going to jail).  
 
If we had a well-designed geopolitical system like the Earth Constitution, world criminals (I could give you a long list of dictators, president's, covert operatives, generals, tycoons, bankers, and others) would be arrested, given legal due process, and if convicted, placed in prison for their world crimes.  The key is individual accountability.  No one should be above the Law. 
Good government at the global level is possible 
Apprehension about the need for a democratic world federal union government is understandable, but I believe that the Earth Constitution provides the answers.  
 
The Constitution's democratic design rules out the danger of a world dictatorship.  There is a unique world judiciary system that allows "we, the people" a means to challenge and eliminate crooks in government and in the private sector.  
 
"FEDERAL" is very important as it means that the world government limits itself to those global problems (such as war, nukes, poverty, climate change) that can only be handled at the global level.  

Local problems remain solved at the local level.  Good government will mean new freedoms for local governments as resources become available that are now wasted on the military and black box operations.   

Abolishing war will take more than warnings, networking, and protests
The "World Beyond War" strategy of worldwide protests via networking is helpful, but not strong, or smart, enough.  As described to date, it is a consciousness-raising campaign that argues against war on moral, spiritual, and economic grounds.  It warns us of potential global catastrophe.
 
But to succeed we must simultaneously address the fatal flaws in the geopolitical system that have allowed and supported militarization and created what is essentially a global war system where basically "might makes right."  
 
The United Nations as a global governing system has been stymied by its Charter.  It cannot do the job.
 
The ideal in the UN Charter of (unlimited) national sovereignty (for those who reject a world federation) plays right into the hands of the multinational corporations/Big Money/Big Military who so often are the shot-callers at both the national and global levels.  
 
Separate nations make it much easier to dominate, much like the mistaken notion that "local control" can solve world problems.  They can't, and they won't.

"Local control" is a good thing and has its place, but could never deal with the power of Big Money, Big Military, Big Police, and Big Secret Operations.  These challenges require new thinking -- a new strategic paradigm, and that's why the Earth Federation Movement with its Earth Constitution is on the right track.  

The Earth Constitution deserves serious study.  Its significance is not unlike the Magna Carta or the U.S. Constitution except now the federalist and democratic principles are to be applied to all nations and peoples.
 
When Texas and California have a conflict, they don't go to war, they go to Court or they go to Congress.  That's democratic federalism, and the Earth Constitution's wisdom and power is the nonviolent, good government structure needed if we are to succeed to permanently abolish war. 
 
World federalists speak of enforceable world law as a nonviolent means to control harmful and dangerous behaviors by leaders of nations or other groups.  
 
The public does not know there is a solution to the problem of war
We must let the public know that there is a rational and practical solution waiting to be acknowledged and applied.  We do not have to suffer endless wars, nor do we have to live with the constant background fear of nuclear annihilation.   We know what to do.  We can end this nightmare.  
 
There is a better way.   That's why I like to say "I stand with Einstein." (Read "Einstein on Peace")

-- Roger Kotila, Ph.D.
     Editor, Earth Federation News & Views  at www.earthfederation.info

October 23, 2013

Has National Security Become a Dangerous Mental Disorder?                                   

 

By Roger Kotila, Ph.D.            

 

A psychologist views the national security complex using the latest diagnostic manual released by the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-5, 2013). 

 

Has national defense, driven by grandiose delusions, greed, paranoia, and deceitfulness gone over the psychiatric edge, creating enemies real and imagined, with the result of endangering the citizenry rather than bringing safety and security?

 

Although the APA's Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is intended for individuals, there are insights to be gained from applying it to other contexts. 

 

Early signs of mental disorder

The signs of mental disorder surrounding national security are numerous, but few Americans seem aware of it, a condition that the DSM-5 defines as anosognosia. The public fails to see that the Department of Defense appears more accurately to be a Department for War.  

 

At the end of WWII the American military dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  It was a savage and sadistic blow aimed at civilian populations. The "cute" names given the two horrific bombs, "Little Boy" and "Fat Man", could not take away from the moral calamity that this depraved act represented.  
As if the WWII fire bombings of German cities and Tokyo were not bad enough, the generals and the President had chosen to go even further by using the A-bomb. For the Pentagon, this marked the time when there would be no more limits as to the weaponry allowed in the name of national defense --even if that weaponry could destroy the world. 

 

By the 1960's it was obvious that the United States had far more nuclear weapons than would ever be needed, but the real number was so huge as to stagger even the irrational imagination.  Foreign Policy (Oct., 2013) reveals that in 1967 the US nuclear arsenal reached 31,255.
The Pentagon's insatiable attraction to weapons that could destroy the world was an early symptom of impaired judgment due to mental disorder.  Sociopaths and psychopaths had gained full control of America's national security apparatus.  

 

"Sociopathic" and "psychopathic" are forms of mental disorder in the DSM-5 under the category of "Antisocial Personality Disorder" (APD). It is one part of the diagnostic picture that helps explain how the military/industrial complex, about which President Eisenhower warned us,  went wrong.

 A type of mental disorder mistaken for normal, but deadly nevertheless

The public's notion of a mental disorder usually does not include the APD sociopath because they often appear to be normal, seemingly no different from you or me. Indeed, they may be quite intelligent and articulate, not unlike a Pentagon general or a member of Congress.

 

Symptoms may include lacking conscience and remorse, breaking the law, manipulating others, lying, sadism, and greed.  Such indicators are seen in the past and current history of many in the national security establishment.

 

Sociopaths and psychopaths are often found in prison populations, but many never see jail, and some have gained high positions in business, government, the military, and elsewhere. Psychopaths represent the extreme -- mass murder, serial killing, and sadistic acts such as use of napalm, white phosphorous, and torture.  

 

The U.S. military poisoned vast portions of Viet Nam with Agent Orange. In Iraq and Afghanistan the Pentagon routinely used depleted uranium munitions -- causing perpetual radioactive exposure to the civilian population such as the deformed babies now being born in Fallujah, Iraq, and disability and early deaths for American soldiers exposed to it. 

 

Sociopaths often fail to conform to the law. It is well established that the U.S. invades or uses secret operations to overthrow governments it doesn't like, even those with democratically elected leaders. 

 

Other sociopathic signs include enduring patterns of lying (getting the U.S. into wars in Viet Nam and Iraq), greed (an astronomical defense budget), and manipulation (war on terror to justify a military empire).  The Dept. of Defense might more aptly be called the Dept. of War.
Torture and false flag operations part of the psychopath’s arsenal

Some behaviors like the CIA’s use of torture and false flag operations have an evil, psychopathic quality.  Torture includes a sadistic satisfaction, the torturer seeking a certain type of response from the helpless victims. False flag operations murder our own.  Covert operatives do a mass killing of innocent people, but the act is falsely blamed on an alleged “enemy.”

 

Bamford's Body of Secrets exposes the fact that the Joint Chiefs of Staff approved a plot (Operation Northwoods) to blow up an American passenger plane and blame it on Cuba as a pretext to invade Cuba.  The 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident leading to the war in Viet Nam was likely false flag.
Independent investigators have posited that 9/11 was false flag, an inside job used to justify invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and to launch the perpetual war on terror.  Despite convincing evidence that the 9/11 Commission Report was rigged to present a false picture, the US government has refused a new, independent investigation.

 

American "exceptionalism" a grandiose delusional disorder

A delusion, according to the DSM-5, is a false belief that is not amenable to change even in light of contradictory evidence. A grandiose delusion manifests an inflated sense of worth, power, and identity. 

 

Neo conservatives boast that the U.S. is the "lone superpower" and declare that America is "exceptional" --  morally superior to other countries, and better than everyone else.
This "exceptionalism" justifies all sorts of behaviors from overthrowing governments to ignoring international law, to a justification for the Pentagon's plan for Full Spectrum Dominance.

 

Full Spectrum Dominance is not a peace plan. It is a grandiose military plot to control the world over land, on the seas, in the air, and up in space. With over 800 military installations worldwide and a large assortment of secret operations, the U.S. is widely seen not as "exceptional" or morally superior, but as a dangerous bully who is feared, resented, and often hated. 
The Pentagon is locked into the distant future to an ideological paradigm of adversaries, enemies, and advanced weaponry, with no world peace in sight even 25 years from now. Huge sums of money continue to be wasted on nuclear weaponry and their delivery systems.

 

There are no plans to eliminate nuclear weapons or war. None. Despite all of its resources to keep us safe, there has been no reaching out by the Pentagon to the world federalists, who actually know what to do to end war and to eliminate all weapons of mass destruction.  
The Pentagon's job is to make us safe. Is there a single general who knows what the World Federalist Solution is all about and that this was the answer that Einstein said could get us out of nuclear danger, and yield peace?  

 

The notion that we could have a peaceful world is not in the imagination of our national security leaders. Rather then embrace the Earth Constitution as a plan for worldwide peace, the State Department has been obstructive, and the Pentagon has continued to obsess down a dark path seeking security through horrific weaponry and secret operations.
Creating a world of enemies, real and imagined

After WWII the U.S. soon found a new enemy -- the communists.  The "Red Scare" was convenient to justify Pentagon ambitions, aided by terrorist attacks in Europe falsely blamed on the communists (Operation Gladio).  Gladio was a murderous deception, an example of the national security state going purely psychopathic.

 

Terror pays big dividends for the business of war, keeping the citizenry frightened and willing to spend any amount of money to feel safe.

Invasions and covert operations to overthrow governments have created enemies worldwide, people who do not want to be ruled by the U.S. and its allies. But by creating enemies the military/industrial complex keeps itself relevant even while the domestic economy crumbles.

 

The anosognosia-blinded public has yet to see that the Department of Defense is really a Department for War.

 

The use of "enemies" to manipulate the citizenry has been overplayed, the result of which has been to plunge America into a perpetual abyss of enemies, real and imagined. Because black box operations are secret, many military personnel themselves are kept in the dark.

 

Plunging into paranoid psychosis: enemies everywhere, they hate us

After communism was defeated, the military/industrial complex needed a new enemy. By immediately blaming militant Muslims for the 9/11 attack, a new enemy was created even before the dust had settled and a legitimate investigation could be conducted.  

 

It was a conspiracy theory offered by the government before the full facts were in, and made official by the 9/11 Commission Report, a report desperately defended by Establishment media despite growing amounts of evidence from independent investigators that the government’s version of events was false.

 

Nevertheless, the war on terror was underway supported by convenient lies such as the neo con’s who claimed that “They hate us because of our freedoms!”

 

A psychiatric assessment of the national security complex should not be taken lightly. The identified disorders are some of the most difficult to treat and may seriously impair judgment to such a degree as to become a danger to self or to others.

 

By Roger Kotila, Ph.D.    www.earthfederation.info

 

[Soon in OPINION:  The symptoms of a mentally disordered national security state are looked at more closely. Has society been too willing to ignore, deny, or rationalize a system that has become dangerously out of control? Is the well-being and safety of Americans and others worldwide now routinely at risk? 

 

When a patient becomes a danger to self or others, mental health professionals are required to do an intervention that may involve treatment. Should the “national security state” be subject to some type of intervention?]   


  
October 9, 2013
Has National Security Become a Mental Disorder?

A psychologist views the national security complex using the latest diagnostic manual released by the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-5, 2013).  

Has national defense, driven by grandiose delusions, greed, paranoia, and deceitfulness gone over the psychiatric edge creating enemies real and imagined, with the result of endangering the citizenry rather than bringing safety and security?

Although the APA's Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is intended for individuals, there are insights to be gained from applying it to other contexts.  

Early signs of mental disorder

The signs of mental disorder surrounding national security are numerous, but few Americans seem aware of it, a condition that the DSM-5 defines as anosognosia.    

At the end of WWII the American military dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  It was a savage and sadistic blow aimed at civilian populations. The "cute" names given the two deadly bombs, "Little Boy" and "Fat Man", could not take away from the moral calamity this depraved act represented.   

As if the WWII fire bombings of German cities were not bad enough, the generals and the President had chosen to go even further by using the A-bomb. For the Pentagon, this marked the time when there would be no more limits as to the weaponry allowed in the name of national defense --even if that weaponry could destroy the world.  

By the 1960's it was obvious that the United States had far more nuclear weapons than would ever be needed, but the real number was so huge as to stagger even the irrational imagination.  Foreign Policy (Oct., 2013) reveals that in 1967 the US nuclear arsenal reached 31,255. 

The Pentagon's insatiable attraction to weapons that could destroy the world was an early symptom of impaired judgement due to mental disorder.  Sociopaths and psychopaths had gained full control of America's national security apparatus.   

"Sociopathic" and "psychopathic" are forms of mental disorder in the DSM-5 under the category of "Antisocial Personality Disorder" (APD). It is one part of the diagnostic picture that helps explain how the military/industrial complex went wrong, causing increasingly less security both abroad and at home, and ultimately becoming a danger to the country.   

A type of mental disorder mistaken for normal, but deadly nevertheless 

The public's notion of a mental disorder usually does not include the APD sociopath because they often appear to be normal, seemingly no different than you or me. Indeed, they may be quite intelligent and articulate, not unlike a Pentagon general or a member of Congress. 

Sociopaths are often found in prison populations, but many never see jail, and some have gained high positions in business, government, the military, and elsewhere. 

Symptoms of this disorder may include include lacking conscience and remorse, breaking the law, manipulating others for personal gain, lying, sadism, and greed.  Such indicators are seen in the past and current history of the national security establishment. 

The U.S. military poisoned vast portions of Viet Nam with Agent Orange. In Iraq and Afghanistan the Pentagon routinely used depleted uranium munitions -- causing perpetual radioactive exposure to the civilian population such as the deformed babies now being born in Fallujah, Iraq.  

Sociopaths often fail to conform to the law. It is well established that the U.S. invades or uses secret operations to overthrow governments it doesn't like, even those with democratically elected leaders. 

Other sociopathic signs include enduring patterns of lying (getting the U.S. in wars in Viet Nam and Iraq), greed (an astronomical defense budget), and manipulation (war on terror to justify a military empire).  

False flag operations, like the CIA's use of torture, have an evil, psychopathic quality. 

Covert operatives do a mass killing of innocent people and the act is falsely blamed on the "enemy."  Bamford's "Body of Secrets" exposes the fact that the Joint Chiefs of Staff had approved a plot to blow up an Amerian passenger plane and blame it on Cuba as a pretext to invade Cuba. 

Independent investigators have posited that 9/11 was false flag, an inside job used to justify invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and to launch the perpetual war on terror.  Despite convincing evidence that the 9/11 Commission Report was rigged to present a false picture, the government has refused a new, independent investigation. 

American "exceptionalism" a grandiose delusional disorder

A delusion, according to the DSM-5, is a false belief that is not amenable to change even in light of contradictory evidence. A grandiose delusion manifests an inflated sense of worth, power, and identity.  

Neo conservatives boast that the U.S. is the "lone superpower" and declare that America is "exceptional" --  morally superior to other countries, and better than everyone else. 

This "exceptionalism" justifies all sorts of behaviors from overthrowing governments to ignoring international law, to a justification for the Pentagon's plan for Full Spectrum Dominance. 

Full Spectrum Dominance is not a peace plan. It is a grandiose military plot to control the world over land, on the seas, in the air, and up in space. With over 800 military installations worldwide and a large assortment of secret operations, the U.S. is widely seen not as "exceptional"  or morally superior, but as a dangerous bully who is feared, resented, and often hated.  

The Pentagon is locked into the distant future to an ideological paradigm of adversaries, enemies, and advanced weaponry, with no world peace in sight even 50 years from now. There are no plans to eliminate nuclear weapons. None. Huge sums of money continue to go toward nuclear weaponry and their delivery systems. 

Creating a world of enemies, real and imagined

After WWII the U.S. soon found another enemy --  the communists.  The "Red Scare" was convenient to justify Pentagon ambitions, aided by terrorist attacks in Europe falsely blamed on the communists (Operation Gladio).  Gladio was a murderous deception, an example of the national security state going purely psychopathic. 

Terror pays big dividends for the business of war, keeping the citizenry frightened and willing to spend any amount of money to feel safe. 

Invasions and covert operations to overthrow governments have created enemies worldwide, people who do not want to be ruled by the U.S. and its allies. But by creating enemies the military/industrial complex keeps itself relevant even while the domestic economy crumbles. 

The use of  "enemies" to manipulate the citizenry has been overplayed, the result of which has been to plunge America into a perpetual abyss of enemies, real and imagined. Because black box operations are secret, many military personnel themselves are kept in the dark. 

Plunging into paranoid psychosis: enemies everywhere, they hate us 

After communism was defeated the military/industrial complex needed a new enemy. By immediately blaming militant Muslims for the 9/11 attack, a new enemy was created even before the full facts had been established 

  
October 9, 2013
Has National Security Become a Mental Disorder?

A psychologist views the national security complex using the latest diagnostic manual released by the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-5, 2013).  

Has national defense, driven by grandiose delusions, greed, paranoia, and deceitfulness gone over the psychiatric edge creating enemies real and imagined, with the result of endangering the citizenry rather than bringing safety and security?

Although the APA's Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is intended for individuals, there are insights to be gained from applying it to other contexts.  

Early signs of mental disorder

The signs of mental disorder surrounding national security are numerous, but few Americans seem aware of it, a condition that the DSM-5 defines as anosognosia.    

At the end of WWII the American military dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  It was a savage and sadistic blow aimed at civilian populations. The "cute" names given the two deadly bombs, "Little Boy" and "Fat Man", could not take away from the moral calamity this depraved act represented.   

As if the WWII fire bombings of German cities were not bad enough, the generals and the President had chosen to go even further by using the A-bomb. For the Pentagon, this marked the time when there would be no more limits as to the weaponry allowed in the name of national defense --even if that weaponry could destroy the world.  

By the 1960's it was obvious that the United States had far more nuclear weapons than would ever be needed, but the real number was so huge as to stagger even the irrational imagination.  Foreign Policy (Oct., 2013) reveals that in 1967 the US nuclear arsenal reached 31,255. 

The Pentagon's insatiable attraction to weapons that could destroy the world was an early symptom of impaired judgement due to mental disorder.  Sociopaths and psychopaths had gained full control of America's national security apparatus.   

"Sociopathic" and "psychopathic" are forms of mental disorder in the DSM-5 under the category of "Antisocial Personality Disorder" (APD). It is one part of the diagnostic picture that helps explain how the military/industrial complex went wrong, causing increasingly less security both abroad and at home, and ultimately becoming a danger to the country.   

A type of mental disorder mistaken for normal, but deadly nevertheless 

The public's notion of a mental disorder usually does not include the APD sociopath because they often appear to be normal, seemingly no different than you or me. Indeed, they may be quite intelligent and articulate, not unlike a Pentagon general or a member of Congress. 

Sociopaths are often found in prison populations, but many never see jail, and some have gained high positions in business, government, the military, and elsewhere. 

Symptoms of this disorder may include include lacking conscience and remorse, breaking the law, manipulating others for personal gain, lying, sadism, and greed.  Such indicators are seen in the past and current history of the national security establishment. 

The U.S. military poisoned vast portions of Viet Nam with Agent Orange. In Iraq and Afghanistan the Pentagon routinely used depleted uranium munitions -- causing perpetual radioactive exposure to the civilian population such as the deformed babies now being born in Fallujah, Iraq.  

Sociopaths often fail to conform to the law. It is well established that the U.S. invades or uses secret operations to overthrow governments it doesn't like, even those with democratically elected leaders. 

Other sociopathic signs include enduring patterns of lying (getting the U.S. in wars in Viet Nam and Iraq), greed (an astronomical defense budget), and manipulation (war on terror to justify a military empire).  

False flag operations, like the CIA's use of torture, have an evil, psychopathic quality. 

Covert operatives do a mass killing of innocent people and the act is falsely blamed on the "enemy."  Bamford's "Body of Secrets" exposes the fact that the Joint Chiefs of Staff had approved a plot to blow up an Amerian passenger plane and blame it on Cuba as a pretext to invade Cuba. 

Independent investigators have posited that 9/11 was false flag, an inside job used to justify invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and to launch the perpetual war on terror.  Despite convincing evidence that the 9/11 Commission Report was rigged to present a false picture, the government has refused a new, independent investigation. 

American "exceptionalism" a grandiose delusional disorder

A delusion, according to the DSM-5, is a false belief that is not amenable to change even in light of contradictory evidence. A grandiose delusion manifests an inflated sense of worth, power, and identity.  

Neo conservatives boast that the U.S. is the "lone superpower" and declare that America is "exceptional" --  morally superior to other countries, and better than everyone else. 

This "exceptionalism" justifies all sorts of behaviors from overthrowing governments to ignoring international law, to a justification for the Pentagon's plan for Full Spectrum Dominance. 

Full Spectrum Dominance is not a peace plan. It is a grandiose military plot to control the world over land, on the seas, in the air, and up in space. With over 800 military installations worldwide and a large assortment of secret operations, the U.S. is widely seen not as "exceptional"  or morally superior, but as a dangerous bully who is feared, resented, and often hated.  

The Pentagon is locked into the distant future to an ideological paradigm of adversaries, enemies, and advanced weaponry, with no world peace in sight even 50 years from now. There are no plans to eliminate nuclear weapons. None. Huge sums of money continue to go toward nuclear weaponry and their delivery systems. 

Creating a world of enemies, real and imagined

After WWII the U.S. soon found another enemy --  the communists.  The "Red Scare" was convenient to justify Pentagon ambitions, aided by terrorist attacks in Europe falsely blamed on the communists (Operation Gladio).  Gladio was a murderous deception, an example of the national security state going purely psychopathic. 

Terror pays big dividends for the business of war, keeping the citizenry frightened and willing to spend any amount of money to feel safe. 

Invasions and covert operations to overthrow governments have created enemies worldwide, people who do not want to be ruled by the U.S. and its allies. But by creating enemies the military/industrial complex keeps itself relevant even while the domestic economy crumbles. 

The use of  "enemies" to manipulate the citizenry has been overplayed, the result of which has been to plunge America into a perpetual abyss of enemies, real and imagined. Because black box operations are secret, many military personnel themselves are kept in the dark. 

Plunging into paranoid psychosis: enemies everywhere, they hate us 

After communism was defeated the military/industrial complex needed a new enemy. By immediately blaming militant Muslims for the 9/11 attack, a new enemy was created even before the full facts had been established 

September 7, 2013

DEMOCRATIZE UNITED NATIONS TO END TERRORISM

 

[Editor's note: This article was written by a Bangladeshi who felt

spiritually inspired. From a very poor country, the author

believes that the ideas about the UN were given to him

..."through inspiration from GOD."

 

Here is an opportunity to hear from those seldom given

a voice in geopolitics, and who are victims of an unfair 

and failing global political system.]

 

Excerpts are presented below, maintaining the key points 

from the author's analysis:


DEMOCRATIZE UNITED NATIONS TO END TERRORISM 

 

The whole world has been brain washed to fight terrorism... Killing innocent
civilians creates no concern for them...Terrorism will come again and again unless                                                                  the root cause of terrorism is identified and resolved.

The root cause of terrorism lies in the economic exploitation of the third
world countries by the rich and powerful western countries. You do not have
to be a "rocket scientist" to figure that out. Just look at the structure of
"United Nation" (UN).

In UN, there are more than 200 [sic] member countries. UN has fifteen-member
Security Council. All the resolutions are passed in Security Council by
vote. Ten members are rotated every year or so among all the 200 plus member
countries. Only five countries have the permanent membership in Security
Council with a special veto power. Which means, any one of these five
countries has the unlimited power to stop or reject any resolution voted in
Security Council. These five countries are USA, UK, France, Russia and
China.

Among these five countries USA is from North America, UK, France and Russia
are from Europe, and China is from Asia. This representation of five
permanent member of Security Council in UN is definitely not democratic and
fair. Why there are three countries from Europe when the population of
Europe is much less than Asia? Why there is no country representation from
Africa? Why there is no country from South America? Who will protect the
interest of majority of Black countries in Africa? Who will protect the
interest of majority of Spanish people in South America?

Is there any wonder why the countries of Black Africa and Spanish South
America are poor? China is looking after the interest of oriental countries
only... A permanent member of a security council with unlimited and                                                                       unconditional veto power plays an important role in distributing the world

wealth through UN organs like World Bank, IMF, WTO and so on. Similarly,                                                                      Russia,UK and France are taking care of European nations.

I am not a racist. But I am bringing this up so that the whole world can see
the injustice and unfairness in the name of democracy and freedom. In the
present world population about 60% Asians, 12% Europeans, 13% Africans, 14%
Americans (North & South)... Now look at the five veto
power member representation. Three countries (UK, France and Russia) are
representing only 12% Europeans who are white. One country (USA) is
representing 14% of North & South Americans of which majority is Spanish but
there is no representation from Spanish South America. Only one country
(China) is representing the 60% population of the world who is oriental and
non-white Asians... 
 

...There is no representation from the 13% Africans, majority
of whom are Blacks. The poor and suffering class is clearly the Black
Africans, Spanish South Americans and non-white Asians (please note that the
Arabians are considered as white and they are rich).

From the above statistics, it is obvious that the Four white permanent
members of UN security Council is [sic] pulling the White nations and China is
pulling the Oriental nations. Having no representation for the Blacks,
Spanish and non-white Asians, these countries are continuing to suffer from
poverty, corruption and exploitation due to negligence in proper
distribution of world wealth and investment.

UN is not only for the white and the oriental countries. UN is for the all
countries of the world. Therefore, for the sake of Justice, fairness and
democracy, I demand that the UN structure be modified to have proportionate
representation in the Security Council permanent membership with veto power.

If we believe in democracy, then the five permanent members of the Security
Council should represent the world population of Black, Spanish, non-white
Asians and White fairly proportionately.

If we do not stop this discrimination in the UN, our empty slogan of
democracy and freedom is a mere hypocrisy and the root cause of world
terrorism.

 

[Editorial comment: We agree with the idea of a link between terrorism and the lack of a democratic voice for all countries.  Unlike the UN Charter, the Earth Constitution provides for equal voting rights and proportionate representation for all, thus providing a better opportunity to create a civilized, fair and just world society.  


The UN, despite a longstanding legal requirement to hold a Charter Review, has failed to do so.  This failure draws into question the very legitimacy of the UN Charter itself, and also the legitimacy of the Security Council which continues to function on an undemocratic basis.]

 

 ___________________________________________________________________________

*This article was first submitted to Democratic World Federalists, and is published
in Earth Federation News & Views with the author's permission.
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September 3, 2013
Internet Chatter on Syria:  Is the US Lying Again? 

 The Middle East is a victim of the geopolitical war system, with Syria just the latest example.  

Internet chatter reveals much doubt as to whether or not the United States is telling the truth about chemical weapons use.  The civil war in Syria is made far worse by the involvement by proxy of powerful nations such as the United States, Israel, and Russia.  

The United Nations lacks a system to prevent wars by proxy, while the Earth Federation has a system of enforceable world law that would hold individuals, not nations, accountable.  

Internet chatter:  Deep distrust of the US government and fear of WW III if Syria attacked

"One cannot poke even lightly a hornet's nest and hope to avoid being attacked viciously in return. The spiral towards a wider conflict is easy to predict."

"I think that you, and my other friends online, will know by now that the present threat being posed by Obama in the 'oval orifice' is contrived.  Our covert ops folk have been busy in Syria, killing hundreds of innocent people, then blaming Assad's government for use of chemical weapons..."  "Obama threatens military action in Syria, based on contrived, false evidence, as happened to launch hostilities in Iraq by George Bush II.  George used outlawed depleted uranium in 600 cruise missiles launched at Baghdad, 600,000 lbs. of radioactive material, dumped on innocent people." 

"WW III?  Syrian, Iranian Officials say Israel will be "Set on Fire" if US strikes."  http://.infowars.com/ww3-syrian-iranian-officials-say-israel-will-be-set-on-fire-if-us-strikes/










Published On: Tue, Jul 9th, 2013

The USA Project of World Domination versus the Earth Constitution

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The recent revelations from Edward Snowden concerning massive NSA spying on the people of the US and the nations of Europe come as no surprise.  Any person who is even marginally politically aware knows that the US has been systematically implementing a project of total world domination for the past 15 years, if not for the past several decades. Fifteen or more years ago, a group of key neoconservative leaders wrote and signed the document “Project for a New American Century.”  This document (found on-line) has served as a blueprint for the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001 and for the systematic militarization of the US in its project for world domination that has taken place since that time. As Paul Craig Roberts, former US Assistant Secretary for the Treasury, puts this in a recent article:

By now the entire world must know that Washington is not merely lawless, but also totally out of control, reveling in arrogance and hubris, driven by desires for hegemony over the entire world. Washington is so paranoid and distrustful that it doesn’t even trust its own citizens or the European puppet governments that it has bought and paid for.

Washington is the only government that has ever used nuclear weapons, and Washington used them against a defeated government that was trying to surrender. Today the craziness in Washington is much worse. Decision-making councils are full of crazed neoconservative war-mongers, such as National Security Advisor Susan Rice, a threat to humanity. Washington think tanks and media are over-represented by neoconservatives such as William Kristol who wants to know “what good are nuclear weapons if you can’t use them?”  http://www.opednews.com/articles/Has-Washington-s-Arrogance-by-Paul-Craig-Roberts-130702-784.html

For decades now, the US has had a policy of relating to other nations either as lackey nations (“allies”) or as enemy nations (destined for invasion or overthrow). The lackey nations, including Britain, France, and Germany, have compliantly followed US imperial policy by sending troops into Iraq and Afghanistan in order to justify and cover up the naked imperialism of the US through “a coalition of the willing.”  After the revelations of NSA spying on the American people and on ally countries in Europe, the leaders of these European nations today express concern and outrage.  But surely these leaders are not so naïve or stupid that they do not understand their immoral complicity with the destruction of Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and other countries relatively independent of the system of domination.

Surely, both the leaders and people of these countries know that the super-power is bent on world-empire and that their silence and complicity makes them modern-day heirs of their own past systems of slavery, colonialism, and devastation.  Do we want democracy, justice and freedom for the people of Earth or not?  If we see that every human being has the rights listed in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including “the right to life, liberty, and security of person,” then we give up our ethnocentrism, egoism, and selfishness and work to transform this corrupt world order.

You cannot have democracy in Britain, France, Germany, or the US—or anywhere else—if your country is a militarized cog in the global domination machine. Militarism destroys democracy on every front—through secrecy, through surveillance, through violation of human rights, and through diverting massive resources from health care, education, social security, and environmental protection toward weapons, destruction, and naked power politics.

After 1945 there was great hope in the United Nations, a hope that has since been clearly betrayed. We should question why the UN system cannot give us peace or democracy in the world. Perhaps the most fundamental right in the UN Universal Declaration that has never even been partially actualized is found in Article 28: “Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.”  Under the present world order “life, liberty, and security of person” are impossible for every person on Earth.  War, surveillance, violence, and poverty violate these daily for hundreds of millions of persons worldwide.  The only possible world order that can give human beings a decent existence is global democracy.

A decent world order cannot come through the system of some 192 militarized territorial entities competing militarily and economically from a multiplicity of national interests, ideologies, religions, and selfish perspectives.  The great French writer, Albert Camus, declared that we must free ourselves from this system that requires all of us to be “either victims or executioners.”  Today’s world system makes it inevitable that we be either one or the other. The leaders of Britain, France, and Germany express outrage that the US is spying on them, but how can they possibly justify such outrage when they have willingly been part of the system of executioners against the victim countries worldwide?

To free ourselves from this militarized nightmare of victimization and execution, we must rise to a higher level of existence. Albert Einstein declared that no fundamental problem can be solved on the level within which that problem arose.  We must move to a higher level of humanity, decency, and organization if we are to survive on this planet—if we are to respect human rights, establish justice, protect and restore the environment, and eliminate poverty and misery from the world.

The Constitution for the Federation of Earth (www.worldproblems.net), simply through the act of its ratification, raises humanity to this new level.  In its very first article, the Constitution identifies the functions of a planetary democracy all of which are beyond the system of nation-states to accomplish. From this level of global democracy alone can we prevent war, disarm the nations, protect human rights for all persons, conserve world resources, eliminate poverty, and protect our planetary environment.

The Constitution sets up a democratic world system—free of surveillance, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, power politics, and violence—in which the people of Earth join together to make our planet a happy and peaceful home for all its citizens.  It is not that people need to change their human nature.  Rather, it is the system itself—a democratic economic and political system for the entire Earth—that will lift us beyond the dilemma of being either victims or executioners.  In place of the chaos of some 192 competing, mostly militarized entities, we will have a democratic world parliament, a world judiciary, a civilian world police, and a world department of human rights called the “Ombudsmus.”

Let us place our outrage where it should be placed—not at the US in its project of global domination, not at Britain, France, or Germany for being lackeys in this imperial project, not at Arabs or Israelis or Iranians for struggling to survive within this brutal and unjust world system—but at the system itself which fosters these awful consequences and makes us all into either victims or executioners.  If we raise the democratic system to a world level where it properly belongs, we will be liberating humanity for the project of justice, peace, and decency.

Let us study the Earth Constitution, promote the Earth Constitution with its global democratic system, and let us pledge allegiance to the Earth Constitution.  We can have a truly new world, but it is each of us that must commit to building it. Our corrupt and complicit national leaders will not build it. They are too deeply embedded within the old system—too wealthy, too used to hypocrisy, too afraid, too compromised. We the people must take charge of our fate on this Earth—for our own sake, for the sake of our children, and for the stake of future generations.  Let us all be a living part of this world-historical transformation of our planet from chaos to order, from war and violence to peace, and from a system of power and domination to planetary democracy.  It is now or never.  We must make our choice before it is too late.

BY: Dr. Glen T. Martin

Guest writer bio:

Glen T. Martin is the professor of philosophy and chair of the Peace Studies Program at Radford University in Virginia.  He is President of the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) and the Institute on World Problems (IOWP).  His personal website is www.radford.edu/gmartin.

April 17, 2013
Toward Democratic World Federation
The Big Idea
 
The Big Idea
What is the "Big Idea"?  Put bluntly, establishing a democratic world government.  Stated more softly, creating a democratic federal world union.   Stated more simply, forming a democratic world federation.
 
The Big Idea is being put out in cyberspace (www.dwfed.org) by San Francisco-based Democratic World Federalists showing different "Paths to World Federation."  DWF, an independent, nonprofit think tank and educational peace organization, identifies various "Paths" that could lead to the establishment of a democratic world federation. 
 
Certain paths have special significance for the Earth Federation Movement.   One path is to transform the United Nations.   Activists are looking at instigating a United Nations Charter Review, and also establishing a UN Parliamentary Assembly.
 
Charter Review for EFM would be an opportunity to introduce the Earth Constitution to UN member nations and examine its benefits compared to the UN Charter.  A UN Parliamentary Assembly could become the "House of Peoples" in the Earth Federation's World Parliament.
 
Another "Path"  is to create a world constitution that supercedes the aging UN Charter.  An Earth Federation democratic government is formed "inside the shell" of the UN organization, saving those UN agencies of proven effectiveness, but removing the undemocratic governing structure which rigs the system in favor of the few.
 
Under the Earth Constitution the permanent 5 veto nations of the UN will no longer have special privilege and power.  Equality is introduced.  The second class citizenship of 190 nations at the UN comes to an end and in its place, democratic equality for all. 
 
The path to create a world constitution can be fast-tracked thanks to the visionary efforts of  the World Constitution & Parliament Association. Many years ago WCPA saw the need for a world constitution, and proceeded to draft the Earth Constitution.  It can be implemented immediately, a fact that environmental and anti-war activists may find quite attractive in view of the emergency nature of world problems.
 
Lesson from the democratic spring and occupy movement
The democratic spring and Occupy movement offer an opportunity for a new dimension of dialogue about solutions, particularly as the existing strategies of protesting and activist networking fall short.  Activists have not looked at the United Nations for serious help because the UN itself is handcuffed by its obsolete Charter.
 
Although "think globally, act locally" enables a decentralized and widespread network of activist groups, there still needs to be an "act globally, act locally" component.  Imagine a multinational corporation having to deal with Los Angeles and San Francisco versus having to deal with LA, SF, and the Earth Federation.  Which type of structure is most likely to succeed?
 
The public is unaware that solutions exist to resolve global problems
The need for world government has not been on the media's agenda since the Cold War. The public, therefore, is completely unaware that potential solutions exist to resolve the problems that threaten the well-being of their families and the planet itself.
 
Establishment media, intellectuals, and politicians maintain a habitual and irresponsible silence regarding world government, a failure which is almost unforgivable since no other type of political system is capable of eliminating nuclear weapons, ending wars, controlling Big Money, and saving the environment. 
 
If this analysis is correct, then we must somehow get the message out to the public.  They have a right to know that an economic Armageddon, an environmental Armageddon, or a nuclear war Armageddon are not impossible problems we can never hope to change.  There are solutions, but they are not talked about.
 
There is no shortcut to world peace except to establish a democratic federal world union
World federalists  must somehow acknowledge an exciting but scary truth:  There is no shortcut to world peace except to establish a democratic federal world union
 
To argue otherwise is to continue to endanger our planet , our nation, and our families.  
 
Half-way measures are like treating pneumonia with a partial dose of penicillin.  It won't work.  We will need a full dosage of good (democratic world) government, one that can replace the present shadow government controlled by the .1%.
 
To restore faith and belief in good government, there must be real democracy, equality, and decentralization by means of federating.  
 
I submit that the Earth Constitution can provide a trustworthy foundation for a new type of governance, one we can feel pride in, and experience a new sense of safety and well-being.
 
[Editor's note:  This is a revised/modified version of a "President's message" submitted to Democratic World Federalists at its Annual Meeting on April 14, 2013.  I am the President of DWF, re-elected for another one year term. The views expressed here do not represent the official position of DWF, but are the sole responsibility of the author.  -- Roger Kotila, Ph.D.] 
February 28, 2013
I HAVE A DREAM 


[Editor's note: A DREAM OF PEACE provides a surprising challenge to cynics who believe that establishing a peaceful federal world union would be "impossible."  


Such feelings of despair discourage people from taking constructive action. "There have always been wars, and there always will be wars," shrugs the cynic. Unfortunately, such a sense of futility casts a cold shadow over the will to create a safe and peaceful world, and reduces chances for meaningful change.  


Columnist Bob Hanson's A DREAM OF PEACE offers an unexpected, simple, yet powerful message for those paralyzed by feelings of helplessness that "there is nothing any of us can do to save the world." Dr. Hanson refuses to indulge in this emotional dead end, and instead gives us a prescription for action.  - Roger Kotila, Ph.D.]                     


A DREAM OF PEACE by Dr. Bob Hanson (first published in the Rossmoor News, January 16, 2013)


Next week we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. King had a dream. He dreamed that one day little children would be judged by their character, not the color of their skin. He dreamed that the American promise that all men (and women, I presume) are created equal, would someday be fulfilled. We haven’t fulfilled his dreams yet, but we have all observed much progress in that direction, not the least of which is re-electing an African-American as president. Things are moving in the right direction.

I also have a dream. Apparently, it was the vision of a song writer named Ed McCurdy who in 1950 put his dream to music in the song “Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream.” The words go on to say that “all the nations had agreed to put an end to war.” MLK would also have subscribed to this dream.

I don’t expect this to happen while I’m alive, but unless life on this planet is brought to an end by a nuclear holocaust, I am confident that war will eventually be outlawed and future generations will look back upon the 20th Century, the way we now look at the Dark Ages.


Seeing a solution.  In order to reach this point in the history of humankind, I am pretty sure we will need to accept democracy at the international level the way we take it for granted at the local, state and federal level. Just as war between California and Oregon is not a possibility because of our Federal system, democratic world federalism will make the possibility of war between Israel and Iran a non-starter. The current civil war in Syria could be solved by international law, international courts and an international police force. Costa Rica has discovered that they don’t need a military. When will the rest of the world figure this out as well? This could free up the resources of the world to eliminate poverty, eradicate diseases, combat global warming, provide universal education and a decent standard of living for all people on Earth.

Take the U.S. as an example. We squander more money on our military than we spend on education, natural resources, housing, and everything else combined. Yes…I said squander. The biggest share of our “defense” budget goes for weaponry developed to fight a war with the Soviet Union. One good example is the F-22 fighter jet. We have spent billions and billions on it, yet it has never flown a combat mission.

A good chunk of the military budget goes to maintain over a thousand bases throughout the world. Does Germany really need 60,000 of our troops to protect itself from who? France? These overseas bases cost us $250,000,000,000 a year.


Don't tell me we can't end war! One of my friends once said “we’ve always had war and always will have.” I refuse to believe that that is true. I plan on spending a good number of my remaining days here on earth proving him wrong. I have a dream.

If you are interested in the possibility of democratic world federalism, check out www.DWFed.org and www.earthfederation.info.


Dr. Hanson can be reached at doctoroutdoors@comcast.net  He is a Board member of Democratic World Federalists -- an international peace think tank/educational organization based in San Francisco, California, USA.

 

December 2, 2012 (revised December 6, 2012)
Earth Constitution a gift to the world not yet taken

Joy to the world, peace on earth, goodwill to all. Happy holidays! But why does world peace seem so far away? 

Even with the best of intentions (e.g, "love thy neighbor") a good and decent life for all has failed to materialize. War, brutality, and poverty stubbornly persist, casting a cold shadow over our world.

World federalists have known for over fifty years what would be needed to establish a world in which war between nations could be eliminated.  They predicted accurately that the United Nations Charter could not yield world peace.  The Charter was not democrat, nor was it federal in design.  Provisions for effective enforceable world law were absent.

The UN's International Court of Justice was to be used for nation versus nation, but with no real way to enforce decisions, and with no means to hold individuals accoutable.  In the end, the most powerful nations did whatever they wanted, no matter what the decision of the ICJ. 

The recently established International Criminal Court for the first time held individual leaders accountable, but leaders of powerful nations were, as before, essentially above the law no matter what world crimes were committed.   The ICC's jurisdiction was too narrow, and means of enforcement unreliable. 

Hence the the illegal aggressions of the United States, Israel, and China as just three examples, go unpunished.  Invasions, covert operations including war by proxy, occupying other countries and territories, use of weapons of mass mutilation -- all are free of any legal consequences for those leaders who direct such world crimes.

The Earth Constitution was drafted by the World Constitution and Parliament Association because the UN Charter lacked the features that world federalists knew were needed to have a world that worked for everybody, provided fair and equal justice, and could end war. 

Under the Earth Constitution, disputes and conflicts are resolved in the World Judiciary or by the World Parliament, not by going to war or by covert operations.    In other words, the Earth Constitution, unlike the UN Charter, provides a means for peaceful alternatives to resolve conflicts.

The real question now is when will the media let the people know about the Earth Constitution,  this gift to humanity?  The holiday season would be a wonderful time to inform the public that there just might be a way to bring peace on earth, and goodwill to all. 

 -- Roger Kotila, editor
     Earth Federation News & Views


 
November 21, 2012
Israeli Zionist Ambitions, Empire, Religious Extremism, Disarmageddon
[This is a new article with  excerpts from "Thoughts on Evil & Evil Empire" first published in September, 2012 but revised extensively in view of the current Israeli-Gaza conflict.]

by Roger Kotila, Ph.D.

Israeli Zionist ambitions supported by American Empire
The Zionist dominated Israeli government gives the Jewish faith a bad name as it expands to establish an empire to control and to dominate the so-called "Promised Land."  
 
The U.S. Congress cheers the Israeli leaders no matter what terrorist methods they use to expand beyond their borders, forcing the Palestinians out of their homes, and into submission.  It is widely understood by political analysts that the U.S. Congress is a rubber stamp for the demands of AIPAC, the powerful American Israeli lobby.
 
The brutal attack on an essentially defenseless Gaza remains a world crime for which no Israeli leader has been prosecuted. Israel openly threatens Iran with an attack for allegedly trying to get a nuke, while the U.S. and the United Nations make no demand for Israel to get rid of its 200 nuclear weapons.  Complete silence. 
 
Religious extremism breeds evil in the Middle East 
The religious fantasy of divine entitlement, if allowed to grow as it has since the beginning of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948, could lead to widespread war, perhaps even to an Armageddon event in the Middle East.

It is safe to say that all of the major religions in the West have been associated at one time or another with good and evil, and that actions in the Middle East by "extremists" have tainted the faiths of all -- Christian, Jew, and Muslim. 
 
We observe Christian fundamentalists expecting and even encouraging a Middle East conflict to bring about Armageddon in order to fulfill the End Times fantasies of Biblical prophecy. These extremist Christians support Israel's Zionist expansionism to illegally conquer the Promised Land and all of Jerusalem.
 
Zionist extremists in Israel's government routinely issue warnings and threats that they will attack Iran.  Gaza is again under attack, with threats of invasion. 
 
Meanwhile, extremist orthodox Jews continue to establish illegal new settlements on Palestinian land and in Jerusalem, further increasing tensions.   The United Nations has been unable to control Israel's use of terror tactics and its routine violations of international law, while the U.S. has been openly complicit in these world crimes, giving Israel money and weapons.

Out of control religious extremism
Zionist Jews cling to the grandiose delusion of being God's "chosen people" and thus claim the right to drive the Palestinians out of their homes by any means necessary.
Fundamentalist Christians insist that Armageddon is inevitable and refuse to question its wisdom despite the fact that it would mean the suffering and death of multitudes of the innocent.   
 
In all of these examples, great evils go unchecked, allowed to continue because an honest analysis is not permitted, or if it is, people refuse to listen.  The current conflict in the Middle East is a classic example where few are willing to challenge the delusional ideology that the Jews are God's "chosen" people with the absolute right to the Holy Land, aka the Promised Land, and with the right to take away Palestinian homes and territory. 

Because "Armageddon" itself is considered a sacred prophecy by religious extremists, they may fuel the flames of hatred and violence between Israel and Palestine in the secret hope that it will hasten the predicted Armageddon.  What is to be gained?  According to their interpretation of prophecy Jesus comes down to earth just before the great nightmare and believers are spared, taken to heaven in the Rapture.   
 
Breaking the hex of the Armageddon prophecy
Fundamentalist Christians have a sacred narrative predicting End Times.  For those who take "sacred" overly seriously, this results in failing to take action to prevent Armageddon because it is predicted in sacred texts and therefore, is inevitable. 

Rather than taking the steps necessary to avoid such a terrible catastrophe, they remain as if paralyzed because in their mind the up and coming end of the world is God's will. What right do we have to question it?  And if that is what God wants, there is nothing anyone can do to stop it, anyway!

Another danger is that of a self-fulfilling prophecy.  One helps to make the prophecy come true by helping it to occur.  We see this when fundamentalist evangelical Christians actually support and encourage Israeli Zionist Jews to continue their illegal expansion into Palestinian territories, despite the fact that such actions cause deep resentments which could eventually erupt into violent conflict and war -- hence, a possible Armageddon.
 
There may also be unconscious fear in believers that Armageddon might actually be preventable.  Talk of  "disarmageddon" therefore, is met with incredulity. For those who believe that the whole Bible is absolutely true, the idea that a prophecy might not happen is unthinkable and frightening because preventing this Biblical prophecy can be seen as a threat to the perfection or basic truth of the faith itself. 

How to get out of such a dilemma if you are a good and decent person, and also devoutly religious?

Good and decent people reject extremist religious values
Here we should say that the vast majority of people of these religious faiths are good and decent people, willing to live, and to let live.  Good Christians, good Jews, and good Muslims the world over reject violence, war, and intolerance as do followers of the major religions in the East such as Buddhists and Hindu's.  They respect love and kindness, and respect each others' religion. 

Evil does not need to win
Unfortunately, the belief that Armageddon is inevitable causes many religious people to consider it impossible to stop.  As a result the believer's attention is spent on working and praying for personal salvation rather than helping activists who are trying to replace the global war system with a peace system.
 
Yet most Christians would admit that if Jesus were here today he would do everything in his power to prevent the horrible suffering which would be unleashed in Armageddon.  After all, Jesus is the Prince of Peace, not the prince of death and destruction.
 
Most Christians will also admit that, although unlikely, God who is "all powerful" could change his/her mind and cancel the Armageddon prophecy at any time, now or in the future.

Becoming a peace activist determined to prevent Armageddon
At a practical geopolitical level Disarmageddon will mean changing the undemocratic global political system centered around the flawed and inadequate United Nations Charter.  The UN is simply unable to cope with a combination of Israeli Zionist empire and American Empire joined together to control and to dominate the Middle East. 
 
The undue influence of the Israeli Lobby on the U.S. Congress must come to an end.  Jews and Christians alike can challenge this toxic relationship. People can call for an end to the grandiose fantasies of Empire, and instead seek world union with mutual respect and caring for all peoples and nations. 

The Earth Constitution marks a new direction for geopolitics, one which offers a more positive future for the world.   
 
    
Embracing the Earth Constitution and the need for world union
Enter the Earth Constitution with the intellectual and moral standards needed to bring integrity back to government. Designed to establish good government and world union, it offers a path by which the citizenry can start to eliminate the evils of corrupt leadership in nations, while offering the people of the world a realistic means to become free from war, free from poverty, and free from the secret police state.
 
The Earth Constitution cannot solve all problems.  The world will never be perfect.  However, it can give us a structure that supports the good and decent people in the world who want nothing more than to be able to live in peace, and to raise their families in a decent and safe world.

-- Editor, Earth Federation News & Views

November 15, 2012

Drones and Terror Wars: Attacking the Heart of Civilization Itself and What We Can Do About It    

(excerpts of an article by Glen T. Martin published November 11, 2012)                    


911 AS TURNING POINT. Those high officials in the U.S. government who formulated the Project for the New American Century Document  in the late 1990s envisioned the 21st Century as “the American Century” with military domination of the entire world by the U.S. 


Yet the document stated that the American people would not go along with the “sacrifice” and immense military expansion this required unless they experienced “a new Pearl Harbor,” some attack on American soil so devastating that people would be mobilized to support perpetual war and militarism. This most conveniently happened in September 2001. Civil liberties were soon curtailed and habeas corpus eliminated even for US citizens if the government suspected they were associated with “terrorism.”  Universal surveillance was soon implemented, and a perpetual war on terror announced that required military intervention anywhere in the world at any time indefinitely into the future.


From top secret to a publicly announced war on human civilization and the rule of law


U.S. POLICY HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED, therefore, from a top secret clandestine policy of black op assassination, kidnapping, torture, and murder developed in the 1960s to an official, publicly announced war on human civilization and the rule of law. Due process of law has been abandoned for the barbarity of arbitrarily killing anyone suspected of being the “enemy.”  Unmanned drones, killing people around the world from control points in Nevada or Florida, are merely a symbol of this barbarity, but it is also there in President Obama’s policy of “targeted assassinations,” and in his policy of never ending worldwide “war” that he adopted from his predecessor George W. Bush.


THE VERY CONCEPT OF DUE PROCESS OF LAW HAS BEEN ABANDONED BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. The fact that American citizens are not exempted is merely a consequence of the barbaric logic of this policy. For “war” is precisely the opposite of the rule of law. It dispenses with human rights, human dignity, and human protection under the law to simply kill and destroy whomever is perceived as opposing its power and domination. It is not only the continuing threat of nuclear holocaust that is facing the world due to the barbarism of sovereign nation-states, and it is not only impending climate collapse endangering our future, but the very progress of civilization is threatened by the US policy of perpetual, limitless war.


Liquid War targets whole populations such as Palestinians subjected to genocidal conditions


In his 2006 book Globalistan: How the Globalized World Is Dissolving Into Liquid War, internationally known journalist Pepe Escobar details the worldwide devastation caused by the U.S. in its attempt to enforce and secure its global economic and military empire. Not only are whole populations deprived of due process of law by U.S. supported dictators, and not only are whole populations such as the Palestinians subjected to genocidal conditions by the U.S. and its ally Israel, but the resistance efforts of the starving and hungry peoples of super-exploited countries must be crushed by the U.S. training of military oppressors in their respective countries or by direct drone or special forces assassinations by the U.S. military itself. The world is descending into “liquid war” by these policies, Escobar repeatedly shows, and the due process rule of democratic law is entirely gone from our conceptual framework except as Orwellian double-speak.


Building a new civilization through world union


HOW TO RECLAIM THE FUTURE. All these empires have one thing in common. They were all products of the system of sovereign nation-states first codified in the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. The thinkers since that time, including Spinoza, Hobbes, Locke, Kant, and Hegel, all recognized that this was a “war system” in that these nations (by definition as “sovereign”) recognized no enforceable laws above themselves. This war system was simultaneously the source of empires, since without the effective rule of law above nations those that are more powerful will inevitably seek to extend their power as widely as possible and secure through military force the resources and cheap labor of weaker nations.


Our only option, if we want to preserve and promote civilization on this planet, is to focus on the Constitution for the Federation of Earth. This document unites the nations of the Earth under a global democratic constitution in the same way that the states of the United States were united under a federal constitution that preserves their relative independence while making them subject to binding federal constitutional law. The trajectory of civilization from ancient times to the present in terms of the rule of law and due process of law culminates in the concept of democratic law for all humanity. The Earth Constitution, although available for immediate ratification under its Article 17, can and should also function as a regulative ideal for human activism, thought, and aspirations.  As a regulative ideal it serves as a coherent and consistent vision of a just, equitable, and sustainable world system established and democratically maintained under the concepts of the rule of law and due process of law for all persons on Earth.


The most effective way to oppose the empire and stand for justice and integrity is not through anarchic non-violent resistance alone, nor is it through guerrilla warfare or violent revolution. Ideas are ultimately more powerful than weapons. We must envision the rule of law and due process of law as ideals for all persons and nations. This cannot be done for the system of sovereign nations as it now stands since there is an internal contradiction between the concept of a sovereign nation and the concept of the democratic due process of law. 


The very heart of the human civilization project


A coherent vision of the rule of law and due process of law, that is, of a civilized world system, requires the concept of a Constitution for the Federation of Earth. The U.S.-led global system of liquid terror, abjuring the rule of law worldwide, can only be effectively stopped through conceptual clarity—by seeing barbarism for what it is and by seeing the heart of civilization for what it is.


THE EARTH CONSTITUTION MUST BE STUDIED, PROMOTED, AND RAISED UP as a regulative ideal symbolizing the very heart of the human civilizational project.  Only an emerging Earth Federation can abolish war forever from the Earth, just as only an emerging Earth Federation can protect our planetary environment for future generations. The Earth Constitution symbolizes the very opposite of the terror drones and their perpetual liquid war. It symbolizes the due process rule of law for every person on Earth which is the key to a life of justice, dignity, and freedom for all—the actualization of our human civilizational project.

 Dr. Glen T. Martin

 President, World Constitution and Parliament Assoc. (www.wcpa.biz)

President, Institute on World Problems (www.worldproblems.net)

Professor of Philosophy, Radford University (www.radford.edu/gmartin)

September 27, 2012
"A moral and political answer to the problem of hidden evil"
(Part 3 of 3)   Thoughts on Evil and Evil Empire


Good and decent people reject extremist religious values
Here we should say that the vast majority of people of these religious faiths are good and decent people, willing to live, and to let live.  Good Christians, good Jews, and good Muslims the world over reject violence, war, and intolerance as do followers of the major religions in the East such as Buddhists and Hindu's.  They respect love and kindness, and respect each others' religion. 
 
The psychological cloak of  "sacred" allows evil to mystify good people
We are taught from a very young age that our country is great and good, that capitalism is the only rational and successful economic system, and that our religion is true.  With enough repetition, these beliefs subconsciously achieve "sacred" status to the point that serious criticism is no longer considered needed, or welcomed.

Unfortunately the positive aspects of belief systems like nationalism (love of country), capitalism (incentives to work and to create), and religion (moral and ethical guidelines) harbor hidden evils which, surprisingly, remain unacknowledged by good and decent people, hence go unchecked.
Once sacrosanct, such belief systems become inviolable -- immune from criticism.  Shrouded by this cloak of the sacred, any accusation of wrongdoing or imperfection is taboo. Criticism is reacted to as if it were heresy which acts to mystify even otherwise  intelligent, good people. Evil has won. 

When evil goes unacknowledged bad things happen


     > Maladaptive nationalism. Symptoms of maladaptive nationalism can be seen in exaggerated American pride ("We are # 1!  We are the best country in the world! We are the good guys.").  Feeling favored by the divine, our leaders like to end their speeches with a confident "God bless America!" This grandiose narcissism creates a cloak of sacredness, and it blinds us to American imperfections and world crimes. 

Nation worship prevents most good and decent people from an honest examination of the Pentagon whose grandiose ambitions to dominate the world (Full Spectrum Dominance) have destroyed the lives of thousands upon thousands of innocent people in foreign countries that we have illegally invaded, overthrown, or secretly corrupted.
 
Sadly for Americans, they also become the victims of this militarization as huge amounts of money are spent on advanced weaponry, wars, and over 700 military bases worldwide.  It means ever less money for basic needs at home such as for health care, education, and for civilian jobs.        

Most people want to believe in their country, that it is good and great.  Americans have tended to forgive the lies that led to the Viet Nam war and the invasion of Iraq.  So when the 9/11 Commission Report came out, the Establishment media refused to believe that the Report might be a cover-up despite mounting evidence by 9/11 researchers to the contrary.   


Why should we care?  Some people in power are sociopath's. Leaders who will lie and cause wars, might also plot to create incidents which make Americans feel they are under attack.  A shock and awe incident like 9/11 causes fear and paranoia, and the citizenry become easily manipulated to the point where constitutional protections are lost.  Use of indefinite detention without trial is one example -- a clear violation of international law and universal human rights.  
 
The Earth Constitution's world judiciary system is designed so that if a nation becomes so corrupted that it cannot be fixed from within, then its citizens can appeal to the Earth Federation for help. An outside investigation can be launched on the authorities who are suspected of corruption.    

    > Godless capitalism. Capitalism in America is a form of religion. Profit is substituted for God.  The free market and privatization is placed on a pedestal.  Capitalism is endlessly praised for its supposed virtues despite ample evidence to the contrary. Government is belittled. Privatization is a ploy for the very wealthy to gain added profit centers.  Regulation is fiercely opposed despite the corrupt banking and corporate practices which have helped to destroy the economy for the middle classes, yet produced great concentrations of wealth for the few (the 1%).

Godless capitalism, namely the predatory/monopoly type, has produced the equivalent of a modern feudal system with a handful of people around the world owning most of the resources, assets, and wealth.  Like the game of Monopoly, if you own all of the valuable properties, you are set for life. Those without property (the 80%) become like peasants, renting from the Master, stuck in lifelong debt. 

One utters the phrase "godless capitalism" at one's own risk as it is so highly idolized as to have become a sacred icon, with profit being at the top of the list. Objectively however, predatory/monopoly capitalism has produced serious evils including huge inequalities in income, poverty level wages with few benefits, and loss of democracy.  Money rules.

It is an economic belief system which, we are told, is the "best in the world" despite the condemning evidence to the contrary.  Where the economic system is primarily capitalistic, there is almost always a big gap between the rich and the poor unless taxes on the rich are high.

 When Russia abandoned communism for capitalism, the standard of living for most people dropped dramatically, financial security was lost, and a small group of people became overnight millionaires and even billionaires.  The U.S. has almost 40% of its entire population one or two paychecks away from financial disaster.  Many of these folks could go bankrupt with a serious medical illness, and many cannot afford to go to the dentist.  A college education in the U.S. can leave a young person in debt for life.

Under strict capitalism, one must "pay to play."  Hence, one is not guaranteed food, clothing, shelter, or any of the other basics for life.  In point of fact, a balanced mixture of socialism and capitalism is far superior as seen in countries like Finland and other Scandinavian countries.   

    > Out of control religious extremism
Regarding religion, extremist Muslims use threats and actual violence if one dares "insult" Mohammed.  Fundamentalist Christians insist that Armageddon is inevitable and refuse to question its wisdom despite the fact that it would mean the suffering and death of multitudes of the innocent.   Zionist Jews cling to the grandiose delusion of being God's "chosen people" and thus claim the right to drive the Palestinians out of their homes by any means necessary.
 
In all of these examples, great evils go unchecked, allowed to continue because an honest analysis is not permitted, or if it is, people refuse to listen.  The current conflict in the Middle East is a classic example where few are willing to challenge the delusional ideology that the Jews are God's "chosen" people with the absolute right to the Holy Land, aka the Promised Land, and with the right to take away Palestinian homes and territory. 

This religious fantasy of divine entitlement, if allowed to grow as it has since the beginning of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948, could lead to widespread war, perhaps even to an Armageddon event in the Middle East.

Because "Armageddon" itself is considered a sacred prophecy by religious extremists, they may fuel the flames of hatred and violence between Israel and Palestine in the secret hope that it will hasten the predicted Armageddon.  What is to be gained?  According to their interpretation of prophecy Jesus (or Mohammed) comes down to earth just before the great nightmare and believers are spared, taken to heaven in the Rapture.   
 
Breaking the hex of the Armageddon prophecy
Both Christians and Muslims have a sacred narrative predicting End Times.  For those who take "sacred" overly seriously, this can mean that they decline to take action to prevent Armageddon because in their view it is predicted in sacred texts and therefore, is inevitable. 

Rather than taking the steps necessary to avoid such a terrible catastrophe, they remain as if paralyzed because in their mind the up and coming end of the world is God's will. What right do we have to question it?  And if that is what God wants, there is nothing anyone can do to stop it, anyway!

Another danger is that of a self-fulfilling prophecy.  One helps to make the prophecy come true by helping it to occur.  We see this when fundamentalist evangelical Christians actually support and encourage Israeli Zionist Jews to continue their illegal expansion into Palestinian territories, despite the fact that such actions cause deep resentments which could eventually erupt into violent conflict and war -- hence, a possible Armageddon.
 
There may also be an unconscious fear in believers that Armageddon might actually be preventable.  Talk of  "disarmageddon" therefore, is met with incredulity. For those who believe that the whole Bible is absolutely true, the idea that a prophecy might not happen is unthinkable. It is also frightening because preventing such a predicted disaster may be seen as a threat to the perfection or basic truth of the faith itself. 

How to get out of such a dilemma if you are a good and decent person, and also devoutly religious?     
 
Can God change his/her mind?
The belief that Armageddon is inevitable and can't be prevented causes many good people to consider it impossible to stop. Believers pray for personal salvation but fail to get actively involved with peace activists to eliminate the global war system and replace it with a global peace system. 
 
Yet most Christians would admit that if Jesus were here today he would do everything in his power to prevent the horrible suffering which would be unleashed in Armageddon.  After all, Jesus is the Prince of Peace, not the prince of death and destruction.
 
Most Christians also will admit that, although unlikely, God who is "all powerful" could change his/her mind and cancel the Armageddon prophecy at any time, now or in the future.  
 
How might Jesus view the evils in capitalism?
The world is told time and time again that capitalism is the only acceptable economic system.  Ironically, we are warned to avoid socialism (and communism) despite the fact that Jesus spoke clearly of the evils of capitalism, and lived his life closer to the values of socialism.  Jesus healed for free, fed people without their having to pay money, and relied on the generosity of friends and strangers. 

Under a socialist economy no one needs to go hungry.  Food and shelter are considered a right, as is health care.  There is cooperation and sharing.  Those who have more, share with those who have less.   
 
In modern times we now know that many of the wars such as in the Middle East have been for resources such as oil.  We know that the CIA and the U.S. military are used to allow multinational corporations to take over weaker nations, extract their natural resources, and have access to cheap labor.  Domination by predatory capitalism takes many forms:  The secret overthrowing of governments;  outright invasion;  economic terrorism;  assassinations.

Jesus would not approve:  Thou shall not kill (murder).  Thou shall not steal.  Love thy neighbor. 
 
Predatory monopoly capitalism has not ended poverty, it has caused it -- as the facts regarding the unequal distribution of wealth clearly show.  Poverty in the world, because it represents "unnecessary suffering," is just another example of evil caused by an extremist belief (in the ideology of capitalism). The 1% make a killing at the expense of the good and decent people of the world.

A few rotten apples spoil the whole barrel

Those in significant power around the world are not a large group, perhaps anywhere from 2000 to 5000 people. This small group of individuals according to some analysts appear to dominate and to rule the modern world.  Making up about .1% of the 1%, they include a mixture of political leaders from a few powerful nations, corporate and banking tycoons, military generals, old money, secret agency heads, a few religious or mystical extremists, and sociopathic intellectuals who justify evil by means of sophisticated propaganda methods used on the unsuspecting public.   
 
These individuals collectively have sometimes been viewed as the ruling class, or as a shadow world government. Their decisions and policies impact the entire world.  Occupy Wall Street protesters would argue that the selfish greed of the "1%" is responsible for the economic hardships faced by the 99%.    
 

Evil does not need to win
A world run in an undemocratic, selfish, and manipulative fashion by a small group of people can be put out of business.  But networking and protests are not enough.  A new global political system must be established which replaces the current global war system. 
 
This means replacing the United Nations Charter with a new democratic governance structure which returns power to "we, the  people." Global democracy matters, as does a means to establish and enforce world laws to limit the harm done by Big Money, Big Power, and sociopathic selfishness. No one should be above the law.

Antidote for evil and evil empire by embracing the Earth Constitution
Enter the Earth Constitution with the intellectual and moral standards needed to bring integrity back to government. Designed to establish good government, it offers a path by which the citizenry can start to eliminate the evils of corrupt leadership in government and business, while offering the good and decent people of the world a realistic means to become free from war, free from poverty, and free from the secret police state.
 
Good government would be joyously received by all except the evil doers -- those who seek power only for themselves and to dominate others at any cost. The disastrous harm to humanity by these extremists can be moderated, and in most severe cases, eliminated. For example, with Earth Federation government the prospects for the complete elimination  of nuclear weapons are very good.
 
The Earth Federation Movement offers an exciting opportunity to bring back hope and idealism to "we, the people."  The EFM's Earth Constitution offers a government structure which opens the door to new positive possibilities such as a type of government that we can be proud of, rather than ashamed.  The Earth Federation will have a democratically elected World Parliament able to address the global problems which are too big for the nations to resolve on their own.      

The Earth Constitution is as necessary for our survival as food and water. It makes the impossible, possible.  Written by visionaries over a period of 30 years, a core value is that we are a global family.  It opens the door to caring, love, and justice.


The law of the jungle and "every man for himself" are rejected as uncivilized and immoral.  We must move away from predatory competition and replace it with cooperation, sharing, and kindness.   
 
The Earth Constitution provides the potential for freedom from fear and violence, and freedom from hate and intolerance.  It cannot solve all problems.  The world will never be perfect.  However, it can give us a structure that supports the good and decent people in the world who want nothing more than to be able to live in peace, and to raise their families in a safe, secure, and happy world.

-- Roger Kotila, Ph.D.
    Editor,  Earth Federation News & Views

 (End of part 3 of a 3 part series titled:  Thoughts on Evil and Evil Empire)                           STOP
September 11, 2012
"Godless capitalism, national security, empire, religious extremism"
(This is part 2 of 3 on Thoughts on Evil and Evil Empire.) Part 1 of this Op/Ed essay can be found by scrolling down on this page to September 4, 2012.

A dreaded question 

Hitler was condemned for using torture. It was considered a war crime.  Now America is known for torture, and has added assassinations and indefinite detention without trial. 
 
A question which most in the Western world dread, but avoid asking: Has the American government and Congress with its Pentagon and secret agencies become a remorseless evil empire?
 
The aftermath of the nuclear devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the killing of untold countless innocent women and children did not lead America to denounce war or phase down its military. Instead, stoking up fears of communism, it launched the Cold War. 
 
Sadly, the end of the Cold War with the demise of godless communism did not lead to America reducing its military.  Conveniently for godless capitalism 9/11 came along offering the opportunity for another "war" -- the War on Terror.  Like the Cold War, the War on Terror insures job security for national security professionals, and an extremely lucrative profit center for the military/industrial/research complex.  
 
Insisting that America's "national security" is foremost, the U.S. government added more secret agencies, there is now Homeland Insecurity employing thousands, and the Pentagon maintains over 700 military bases around the world.  This is Empire.

Is America the world's policeman for freedom and democracy -- the good guy, or has it become an evil empire? 
Unfortunately for those who want to believe in America as the good guy, there exists much documentation to the opposite, that American empire has the markings of evil.
 
Lies, secrecy,...to conquer by any means necessary
It is now well documented that lies launched the wars in Viet Nam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  Moreover, the U.S. has used covert operations or outright invasions to overthrow governments, even some that were democratic but deemed unfriendly to capitalism. William Blum's Rogue State (2005) documents widespread American covert interventions in a multitude of nations such as Honduras, Nicaragua, Cuba, Haiti, Ecuador, Venezuela, Iran, and elsewhere throughout the world.
 
Secret agencies such as the CIA overthrow democratic governments seen as unfriendly to capitalism and American interests, yet protect dictatorships in nations which cooperate with Empire--nations such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.  Nations "freed" from dictators like in Iraq appear to be colonized using a puppet government to carry out the policies of Empire.
 
Fantasy of empire:  Full Spectrum Dominance
Full Spectrum Dominance is a military policy which calls for military domination on land, air, sea, and space. FSD is not just about having advanced weaponry. It includes other methods for control such as assuming the right to assassinate real and imagined "enemies," or to use indefinite detention without trial.  
 
To make other nations bend to the will of empire, weaker governments are sometimes corrupted, or intimidated by use of economic threats or military coercion.
 
To maintain an atmosphere of paranoia, there are strong suspicions that secret false flag operations are conducted which kill or otherwise terrorize, yet put the blame on someone else.  Ideal for creating false enemies, essential to keep the citizenry frightened and willing to spend unlimited sums of money on the military over domestic needs.
 
(There has been speculation by 9/11 truth researchers that 9/11 was a false flag operation. The 9/11 Commission Report has been thoroughly discredited by outside, independent investigators. Yet after 9/11 the military budget is practically unlimited.)    
 
Controlling citizenry at home and abroad by use of  dirty tricks, and adding  illegal surveillance on its own citizens -- all begin to sound similar to the days of Nazi Germany. 
 
Zionist ambitions supported by American empire
Zionist dominated Israel gives the Jewish faith a bad name as it expands to establish an empire to control and to dominate the so-called "Promised Land."  The U.S. Congress cheers the Israeli leaders no matter what terrorist methods they use to expand beyond their borders forcing the Palestinians out of their homes, and into submission. 
 
The brutal attack on defenseless Gaza remains a world crime for which no Israeli leader has been prosecuted. Israel openly threatens Iran with an attack for allegedly trying to get a nuke, while the U.S. and the U.N. make no demand for Israel to get rid of its 200 nuclear weapons.  Complete silence. 
 
Religious extremism breeds evil in the Middle East 
It is safe to say that all of the major religions in the West have been associated at one time or another with good and evil, and that actions in the Mideast by "extremists" have tainted the faiths of all -- Christian, Jew, and Muslim. 
 
We observe Christian fundamentalists expecting and even encouraging a Middle East conflict to bring about Armageddon in order to fulfill the End Times fantasies of Biblical prophecy. These extremists Christians support Israel's Zionist expansionism to illegally conquer the Promised Land and all of Jerusalem.
 
Zionist extremists in Israel's government routinely issue warnings and threats that they will attack Iran. Moderate and progressive Jews are unable to stop them.  Extremist orthodox Jews continue to establish illegal new settlements on Palestinian land and in Jerusalem further increasing tensions.
 
Taliban-like Muslims appear to be extremists who use religious dogma as justification for violating universal human rights. They restrict the freedom of females as if they were property instead of humans, try to prevent girls from going to school, and threaten to kill anyone who criticizes Allah even in cartoon form. 
 
In all of religious extremism there is manipulation by use of threats and psychological coercion, and by physical violence.The beliefs are so extreme that they cannot stand on their own. Nonbelievers are marginalized and forced to live by the rules of the extremists.   
 
Good and decent people reject extremist religious values
Here we should say that the vast majority of people of these religious faiths are good and decent people, willing to live, and to let live.  Good Christians, good Jews, and good Muslims the world over reject violence, war, and intolerance as do followers of the major religions in the East such as Buddhists and Hindu's.  They respect love and kindness, and respect each others' religion. 

End of Part 2 of a 3 part series  Thoughts on Evil and Evil Empire

September 4, 2012
Thoughts on Evil and Evil Empire
[A three part series by the editor. This is an Op/Ed article which grew so long it became a 3 part essay. Editor takes full responsibility for its contents as the opinions expressed are those of the editor and may not necessarily reflect the views of the Earth Federation Movement.]
 
[Part 1 of 3]
Existence of evil
I do not know if there exists in the natural world Satan or the devil, but I do believe that "evil" itself exists, and sometimes manifests itself in the real world of politics, religious fundamentalism, and our daily lives.
 
I will define evil by giving examples of it from history to the present. Unnecessary suffering of the innocent is the primary sign of evil. Some form of extremism is almost always present. Evil is also defined in this analysis by using my own emotional reactions which tend to have a definite tone and pattern in the face of evil. 
 
Identifying evil through one's emotional reactions
The emotional definition of what I have termed "evil"  is marked by a progression of feelings as I think of each atrocity:  First shock, then repulsion. Next horror coupled with deep anxiety that such wicked acts could even be conceived, much less acted upon. Finally, a deep sadness which penetrates my whole being.
 
Evil empire
Evil empire seeks to conquer others by any means necessary. Falsehoods, lies, secret operations, torture, war, and horrendous weaponry are some of the means used, and without remorse. There have been empires throughout history. For modern times we will look at American and Zionist empire. 
 
What about the "good"?
I believe that "good" exists. I would like to believe in the reality of a good God who is full of love and compassion.  In this respect we can look at the New Testament's Jesus -- the Prince of Peace as one example for the good.  Most religions around the world can cite a prophet or teacher who, like Jesus, sought good over evil, and advocated love and peace.
 
But religious extremists often interfere with the making of peace, as if Satan, known for deception, captured their hearts and minds leading them to allow hate over love, and to support aggression and war in the name of God or Allah. They are deceived into thinking that their hate, intolerance, and aggression have God's blessing, not realizing that they are being tricked by Satan.
 
A hidden evil stands in the way of the good for the majority of people in the world. It is a bigger obstacle than religious extremists. This evil is what some might identify as a "shadow government" which consists of an unelected powerful elite of "shot-callers" who manipulate the public and governments for their own selfish gain rather than for the common good and the world public interest.  
 
This type of evil is often associated with an economic ruling class who conduct a predatory type of monopoly capitalism.  What was called "godless communism" has been defeated and replaced by godless capitalism.  This type of capitalism places profit at the top its value system.  It meets the criteria for evil because it proudly amasses the Creator's earthly resources at the cost of extreme poverty around the world to others -- hence causing unnecessary suffering.  
 
The earth's resources are adequate for all.  The Creator of the earth has given us everything we need.  No one needs to go hungry, or without shelter. Poverty is a result of hoarding by the few. A refusal to share God's bounty here on earth.   
 
Evildoers in history  
The history of evildoers is long. Examples include Biblical stories where a sometimes angry Old Testament God orders the extermination of an "enemy" tribe even if it is an entire city, killing the guilty and innocent alike -- including women and children. 
 
It is not long up the history chain when we find the Crusades conquering other lands in the name of God.  History shows the Muslims had a similar era of attempted domination of the world by means of war, slaying those in its path who failed to pay homage to Allah.  
 
There are also numerous secular examples of evildoers found in history. If attacking the innocent helps define evil, one need not look far in the past. The Soviet Union had Stalin sending countless enemies of the state, real and imagined, to the Gulag.  We have China's Cultural Revolution with the Red Guard's persecution, including torture and death, of those who were seen as disagreeing with Maoist thought.
 
Then of course there is Germany's Hitler and the infamous Holocaust where millions of Jews and opponents of Nazi fascism were arrested in the dark of night by the Gestapo, imprisoned and often tortured, killed, or left to die in prison camps. 
 
The instruments of evil empire
Empire worships violence. The instruments used for suffering and death tell an important story about the evil nature of Empire. 
 
The Pentagon continued routine nuclear bomb testing for many years despite knowing that exposure to radioactive fallout could cause cancer. Both soldiers and civilians were exposed.
 
Nuclear bombs, capable of destroying the world, were not enough cruel weaponry for the generals and their corporate and research sidekicks. The Pentagon's extensive use of Agent Orange in both Viet Nam and Cambodia left a shameful legacy of illnesses for future generations. Agent Orange was not only used indiscriminately on civilian populations, our own soldiers were also victims. It is a poison which, like nuclear weapons, leads to multiple physical symptoms, birth defects, and even death.   
 
Nowadays both soldiers and civilians are being exposed to depleted uranium munitions (dirty bombs) used by the Pentagon in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The annihilation of the city of Fallujah saw the use of depleted uranium on a civilian population which is now leading to widespread birth deformities of the newborn, cancer, and other symptoms.  
 
Weapons of mass mutilation
Not satisfied with weapons of mass destruction, empire also uses cluster bombs, white phosphorus, landmine's, and dense inert metal explosives -- weapons which can be described as dirty, ugly, sadistic, and cruel...weapons of mass mutilation.
 
Both the U.S. and Israel have been reported to be using these terrible weapons, and refuse to give them up. We can expect that Russia and China, too, have their share of these types of weapons. 
 
The weapons of mass mutilation listed above are still in military arsenals.  Evil?  Yes.  Yet no general is held accountable.  No general has ever been tried for Crimes Against Humanity or War Crimes for authorizing the use of these horrible weapons.
 
Torture has been added to its list of methods by which empire can enforce its will.  Water boarding is just one example, but is of extra importance as some 9/11 truth investigators believe that it was used to extract false confessions to cover-up the real facts of 9/11.
 
A dreaded question 
Hitler was condemned for using torture. It was considered a war crime.  Now America is known for torture, and has added assassinations and indefinite detention without trial. 
 
A question which most in the Western world dread, but avoid asking: Has the American government and Congress with its Pentagon and secret agencies become a remorseless evil empire?
 
STOP
[End of Part 1 of a 3 part series on "Thoughts on Evil and Evil Empire"  an Op/Ed essay by editor Roger Kotila, Ph.D.  Parts 2 and 3 to be published soon.]
 
August 15, 2012
Editor's note:  Who Should Jesus Bomb? was written by columnist Bob Hanson, a Board member of Democratic World Federalists.  This article is timely as the Middle East -- what one might call the Unholy Land, is about to explode. Syria is the first to fall, and now Israel and the USA appear determined to attack Iran. Some Christian churches remain either passively silent, see Muslims as an enemy, or are secretly cheering for a full scale conflict in the Promised Land signaling the onset of Armageddon. 

To Believers, what's so thrilling about Armageddon?  Jesus, they are told, will return to earth and take the true Believers to heaven, thus avoiding the great suffering of the End Times. 

But if Jesus were alive today he would most likely be overwhelmingly disgusted with the wars, the hate, and the longing for Armageddon.  Jesus would condemn those churches that condone war by their silence, stoke hate against Muslims, or enthusiastically glamorize the military and its weapons of death and destruction.

On the other hand, the Prince of Peace would undoubtedly be very proud of those churches that are speaking out against war, and our own world federalists who continually denounce war, and work tirelessly for world peace.   -- RK


August 15, 2012
Who Should Jesus Bomb? Dodging the peace issue in church
by Dr. Bob Hanson (published May 30, 2012 in the Rossmoor News, California)
 
Last week I had the good fortune to visit Shiloh, site of one of the biggest battles in the Civil War. There were over 23,000 casualties in three days of fighting. This historic park is located in southern Tennessee in the heart of the “Bible Belt.”

The visit caused me to ponder on the question of why most of the folks who live in the area aren’t pacifists? Having witnessed the results of war and professing to be followers of a man named Jesus who is referred to as the “Prince of Peace,” it would seem logical that the locals would devote their lives toward creating a peaceful world.

On the contrary, this part of the country seems to produce politicians who can’t wait to involve the country in the next war and who have never seen a military budget item that they would vote against.

The original form of Christianity for the first three centuries was a religion of pacifists, oppressed women, orphans, and despised people of all stripes who rejected violence and tried to return good for evil. The earliest Christians took seriously Jesus’ clear command to love and befriend their enemies. Despite brutal Roman persecutions, the religion thrived. Unfortunately, the Roman emperor Constantine converted the empire to the faith, and the church leaders, who were now dependent on the empire felt obliged to support it and its troops.

There are still a few Christian churches that actively oppose war. Most notable are the Mennonites, Church of the Brethren, and the Quaker Friends. There are also a few isolated mainline churches which are willing to take a stand for peace. One of our neighbors, Duke Robinson, was minister for 28 years at the Montclair Presbyterian Church, which proclaims itself a “peace church”. Strong peace-oriented groups also exist at Christ The King Catholic Church, Our Savior Lutheran and one or two other local churches….so there are exceptions.

The vast majority of Christian churches, however, dodge war and peace issues completely, as if this isn’t something that their church should be concerned with. I suspect the reason for this is that they feel (realistically) that many of their members will abandon the church if it takes a stand on such a controversial topic.

I was a member of a Methodist Church in San Diego during the ‘60s where the minister spoke out forcefully in favor of the Rumford Act which was intended to end discrimination in housing. Dozens of members left the church, causing a major financial crisis for the remainder of us. Most ministers steer away from any topic as controversial as peace.

It seems peculiar that the more fundamentalist a church is, the more they seem to be cheerleaders for war, rather than pushing for peace, diplomacy, and reconciliation. Perhaps they are more susceptible to the messages of fear distributed by the military/industrial/congressional war-mongers as their members tend to be less educated and informed regarding international matters.

The suggestion of “an eye for an eye” (Old Testament) seems to resonate more than Jesus’ message of “turn the other cheek.”
If I were to be given one wish by that proverbial genie that pops out of a bottle, I think it would be that America’s Christians see the light and follow the teachings of Jesus. Maybe then we put the scourge of war behind us and lead the world to a peaceful future where war is a thing of the past.

August 7, 2012  (updated on Aug. 9, 2012))
Evidence Mounts that the United Nations global system of governance is fatally inadequate for today's world

The UN has been unable to cope with growing geopolitical violence, lawlessness, and environmental crises. Bully nations, special interests, and Big Money plunder "we, the people" with impunity.

The currently expanding violence in the Middle East seen in Syria with Iran next,  illustrates clearly the impotence of the United Nations to prevent wars or to hold responsible those leaders of "Bully" nations who use their military and economic powers to intimidate and to undermine weaker governments. 

Special interests such as oil corporations relentlessly pursue natural gas fracking no matter whose water supply catches on fire, while refusing to reveal the chemicals being used in the process.  Big banks and international investment firms continue to use computer driven formula's to extract huge profits while taxpayers must carry the burden of the losses.  

Bully nations undermine governments they don't like. We see, for example, Israel telling Iran it cannot have nuclear weapons, while Israel itself harbors an estimated 200 nukes.  Why the double standard?  Israel, backed by its sponsor the United States, has superior military and economic forces which can subdue any weaker nation which defies it. 

It also now appears that Israel/US has also been using covert operations to undermine the Iranian government, a process which also appears to have occur both in Libya and currently in Syria. 

The goal? Violently if necessary, to take over these countries to have domination and control over the entire Middle East. 

The moral and legal problems with all of this are that these actions amount to state sponsored and instigated terrorism, and a violation of international laws.  The United Nations is simply not equipped to prevent these rogue actions, or prosecute for world crimes.  

The result for the citizens of these unfortunate countries targeted to be overthrown is the nightmare which befell Afghanistan and the Palestinians --  devastated by war and conflict, and "we, the people" are forced into refugee status -- thousands upon thousands of families devastated, their lives now in shambles. 

It does not help that the dictator in Syria, like in Libya, refused to turn over the country to democratic order, rather choosing to fight to maintain dictatorship control.  Far better if the dictators would have peacefully given up power and accepted democratic rule.  (This may have happened in Libya, but the US/NATO refused to negotiate probably to avoid the outcome of a genuine democracy in Libya;  rather, like in Iraq and Afghanistan,  Libya is to become colonized with the real "shot-callers" being the western powers -- to insure private oil corporation regain access to Libyan's oil resources.)

There are other factors besides oil accounting for the current attempts by western powers to overthrow governments.  China, Russia, and India will be weakened by losing a foothold in the Middle East.  Israel will be able to do whatever it wants with the Palestinians with continued impunity -- including genocide.   The UN's structure does not provide a means for enforceable world law, hence like the US,  Israel's open defiance of international laws cannot be stopped.  

The solution to these geopolitical manipulations by the Bullies and by sociopathic Big Money is Earth Federation government under the Earth Constitution.  The United Nations should join in with the Earth Federation Movement, and re-invent itself into a true democratic world federation.   A global peace system is possible, human rights can be protected,  and the world's economic model can be changed to one which benefits not just the 1%, but also the 99%. 

It is time for the United Nations to realize the its present structure is preventing it from protecting "we, the people."  The UN should no longer allow itself to be paralyzed by a UN Charter which favors a small undemocratic minority.  It is time for the UN to turn to the Earth Constitution.

Editor - EFM News & Views (this Op/Ed completed 8/9/12)

July 13, 2012
"I believe that someday historians will recognize Philip Isely as one of the truly great figures of 20th century history." -- Professor Glen Martin

Editor's note: In 1995 Dr. Martin learned about the World Constitution & Parliament Association led by Philip Isely, and joined.  Martin's  "In Memory of Philip Isely" describes some of his personal experiences with Mr. Isely, and also explains why he believes that Isely's legacy toward establishing world government is unusually significant.  

In Memory of Philip Isely

 

Glen T. Martin

 

July 2012

 

The passing of Philip Isely from this world symbolizes the end of an era. Philip was one of the last of the great visionaries who came out of the powerful transformative world federalist movement that emerged from the Second World War. With his first wife Margaret, he devoted his life energies to creating a Constitution for the Federation of Earth and promoting its ratification by the peoples and nations of Earth. It is not likely that the Constitution would exist today if it were not for the dedication and vision of the Iselys and the many people they organized over a period of some four decades through the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA).

      I first learned of and joined the work of WCPA in 1995, flying to World Headquarters in Denver, CO, where the Iselys lived and maintained the two storey building with six employees that was then WCPA World Headquarters.  Philip was known for his strong temper and his unwillingness to work with other world federalist organizations that had a more evolutionary view of the movement toward democratic world government.  In one of these 1995 meetings of the WCPA Executive Council, I saw very clearly one of the reasons behind his intransigence.  I participated with some ten other people from around the world in a brainstorming session in the WCPA offices in Denver. Our task, assigned by Philip Isely, was to come up with how and when we could organize a founding ratification convention for the Earth Constitution.

      After lengthy deliberation, we went around the table giving our thoughts on the subject. One person after another spoke of educating the public, contacting interested countries, soliciting major sponsors, creating media events, influencing promising politicians, speaking with UN representatives, raising funds, etc.  Isely was the last to speak.  He blew up. He yelled at us in obvious anger:  “We are revolutionaries!” he said.  “We are not here to pussy foot and dance around within the present world system that is threatening the world with destruction. We are about changing that system. We need to push the transformation of the system to completion now, not put off what is truly needed by endless compromises with the system.  We all need to think again and think better. Not how can we endlessly postpone what is needed.  But how can we ratify the Constitution for the Federation of Earth here and now, in the near future.”

      With this outburst, I knew I had come to the right place. Isely had a critical understanding of the global economic and nation-state system that few in the worldwide federalist movement possess. He saw that the present global economic system could not be evolved into something useful for human welfare, that neoliberal capitalism as we know it was a toxic poison for humanity.  He saw that the nation-state system could not be evolved through slow evolutionary change or through reform of the United Nations into something beneficial to human welfare. The nation-state system is toxic in its very foundations and is leading, in collaboration with poisonous corporate capitalism, to the destruction of our planet and the human project.

      Philip Isely saw that it was absolutely imperative to establish world government as soon as possible thereby founding an economic and political system for the planet that served human welfare rather than destroyed human welfare.  He was about doing it, and his great energy and intelligence were dedicated to making it happen. It was these insights that were at the heart of his hostility toward many other World Federalist Organizations that were more evolutionary and less revolutionary in spirit.

       In my 2011 book The Earth Federation Movement, I sketch out some of the background to the WCPA led by Isely with the goal of writing a Constitution for the Federation of Earth:

 

Our foremost visionary leader who led the effort to create a world constitution was Henry Philip Isely. Isely had been confined to a U.S. Federal Prison during the Second World War as a war resister who believed that both world wars had been caused at the deepest level by the lawless rivalry of sovereign imperial nations, and not, as war propaganda would have it, simply from a struggle of freedom against fascism. After the war, Isely took over the magazine Across Frontiers from World Federalist Gerry Krause and proceeded to set in motion systematic, step by step plans for creating a world constitution. In 1950, he wrote a pamphlet entitled “The People Must Write the Peace” stating that the situation in the world was so dire that the people cannot wait for the moribund national governments to take the lead.

In the early 1950s, Isely and others joined the Campaign for World Government at its Chicago offices, at that time under the direction of Mary Georgia Lloyd. By 1958 the basic concept of WCPA was founded. Key activists understood that the foremost need was to create a quality constitution for the Earth. Along with Thane Read, Guy Marchand, Marie Philips Scot, Margaret Isely, and others, a “World Committee for a World Constitutional Convention” was formed which, by 1961, established its headquarters in Denver, Colorado. The public call for a World Constitutional Convention was issued by the committee that same year with committed delegates from 50 countries and endorsements from several Heads of State.

By 1966 the decision was made to change the name of the World Committee for a World Constitutional Convention to the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA). Margaret and Philip Isely had been using the profits from their successful Denver-based business to travel widely, recruiting prominent persons to sponsor the development of a world constitution and prepare the call for a World Constitutional Convention. Among the recipients of Philip Isely’s immense correspondence were Dr. T. P. Amerasinghe of Sri Lanka and Dr. Reinhart Ruge of Mexico, both leading world federalists who had independently arrived at similar conclusions. These activists eventually became Co-Presidents of WCPA and worked together for more than 40 years in this capacity, with Philip Isely as Secretary-General and Margaret Isely as Treasurer.

 

Two elements in this account stand out as reflective of Philip Isely’s character.  The first is the fact that he chose to go to prison during the Second World War rather than collaborate with the imperialist powers in that insane struggle among murderous sovereign nation-states.  He saw the lie of a “just war” of some imaginary good against evil and was willing to face prison rather than compromise his integrity. He understood that the system of sovereign nations was the root cause of the war and of all wars, and he lived his life ethically from this insight, refusing to compromise even to the point of going to prison.

 The second element is represented by Philip’s early pamphlet “The People Must Write the Peace” reflecting his lifelong understanding that we cannot and should not wait for the nations of the world to wake up and create a decent world system. The system of sovereign nation-states is intrinsically a war system and a global disorder destructive of human welfare.  If it is going to be done, the people must start the new world system themselves, here and now. This understanding that we cannot wait for the powers within the present world system to evolve toward a world of peace, justice, and environmental sustainability would later be at the heart of the WCPA and the movement behind the Earth Constitution.

I first learned of the existence of WCPA in 1995 when I read a full page ad that Philip Isely had purchased in the progressive publication In These Times. It contained excerpts from a document called the “Manifesto” of the Provisional World Parliament. (The document was passed the following year at the 4th session of the Parliament in Barcelona, Spain, which I attended.)  Among other stipulations directed toward establishing a new world system, the Manifesto prohibited all military ships from sailing on the oceans of the world beyond territorial boundaries.  When I read it I immediately called WCPA and told them I wanted to join them. I understood, what Philip Isely also clearly understood, that the present world order is illegitimate. We do not have to wait for the illegitimate order to make decisions on behalf of humanity (which is impossible), but we must take the initiative and do it ourselves.  The oceans of the world belong to the people of Earth, and the murderous tools of warring sovereign nations, whether the US Navy, the Chinese Navy, or the Russian Navy, have no right and no business putting their evil engines of destruction onto our global commons. The people of Earth must take back possession of our planet and its global commons before the present system has laid waste to our entire planet and all of human life.

Philip was not only the central force behind the writing of the Earth Constitution (and one of the five primary authors of the Constitution), he was also the central force behind starting provisional world government under the authority of Article 19 of the Constitution. He understood that ideals are not worth much unless they are actualized and that the people of Earth must begin world government here and now before it is too late.  Provisional world government primarily took the form of organizing sessions of the Provisional World Parliament and building through this a worldwide network of citizens committed to living and acting under the Earth Constitution and governing themselves independently of the illegitimate nation-states in which they happen to live. 

Sessions of the Parliament took place under his direction in 1982 in Brighton, England, 1985 in New Delhi, India, 1987 in Miami Beach, Florida, 1996 in Barcelona, Spain, and 2000 on the island of Malta.  The resolutions and world legislative acts passed by the sessions of Parliament since 1982 have built a legacy of sane and redeeming documents that lay the foundations for an alternative world system in its living reality.  A number of these early documents, like the Manifesto mentioned above, were written and introduced by Philip Isely.

In my view, Philip Isely’s enduring and substantial legacy is at least three fold.  His legacy is bequeathed to us first and foremost in the form of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth, the creation of which required four decades and involved an immense sacrifice of time, energy, money on the part of Philip and Margaret Isely.  Secondly, Philip’s great legacy comes down to us through the actual initiation of world government under the Constitution giving the people of Earth the right to act in the form of the Provisional World Parliament and to immediately create all other aspects of provisional world government. People from around the world gathered at these early sessions of Parliament and ratified the transformative documents that Philip authored and introduced, many of which were also published in the journal Across Frontiers.

Third, Philip Isely bequeaths us the WCPA as a worldwide organization which, since 1958, has established the global foundations of the Earth Federation Movement. People everywhere, through WCPA and the Earth Federation Movement, are demanding immediate, nonviolent revolutionary change in the illegitimate world system. They are no longer patiently waiting for the slow death of so-called evolutionary change. “The world,” as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe proclaimed, “only goes forward because of those who oppose it.”  I believe that someday historians will recognize Philip Isely as one of the truly great figures of 20th century history.  His revolutionary opposition to the world has moved it forward to the creation of the most important document produced within that century—the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.

June 24, 2012 

DO WE LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY?


(Editor's note:  How often do mainstream newspapers raise the question of the need for democratic world federation? Almost never.  But columnist Bob Hanson breaks this silence in a soon to be published column for the Rossmoor News, California.) 

I strongly believe that if life as we know it is going to continue on earth, sooner, or later, hopefully sooner, we will have to adapt a democratic system of world federalism. Only then, will the world be able to end war and abolish nuclear weapons. The United Nations was a good move in that direction, but unfortunately the victors in World War II structured it to assure dominance for themselves through use of the Security Council veto.

There are at least four ways a world federalist system could be established. One being proposed is to form a World Community of Democratic Nations. The theory being that democratic countries don’t attack each other and that such an organization will encourage all nations to become democratic. A question that immediately comes up is “who will determine which countries are really democratic?”

Your immediate reaction will probably be that of course, the U.S.A. is. But I think maybe we aren’t as democratic as we like to think we are.  We started out with only white male property owners being eligible to vote. Down through the years, others such as women and minorities won the vote, but now the Republican Party in many states is working hard to disenfranchise as many minority, poor and elderly citizens as possible by putting up roadblocks to voting.

We elect our president through an antiquated system called the “electoral college”, whereby the person with the most popular votes may not be elected.

We espouse “one person-one vote”, but a Senator from Alaska or North Dakota can be elected by a few hundred thousand voters, while it takes about 10 million votes to be elected Senator from California.

The U.S. Senate doesn’t go by majority rule. 40 percent of the members can impose their will on the others. The Democrats had a chance to change that in January by changing the rules the Senate operates under, but failed to do so.

Then, there is the question of money being considered free speech. It has been said that we have the best government money can buy! Our Supreme Court has ruled that because of the First Amendment, laws cannot be passed to limit the amount of money corporations and rich individuals can spend on elections. Would you run for Congress knowing that your opponent had ten million dollars to spend on negative advertising against you?

Many of our capable leaders get out of politics because they find they have to spend half of their time raising funds in order to be re-elected. The threats of an organization like the National Rifle Association pulling out all stops to keep one from even voting for a common-sense law like banning assault weapons, frightens many legislators from voting for what they know is right. Cast a vote for any piece of legislation that Netanyahu might not like and you will be political toast next election. We badly need public funding of political campaigns to take the money out of elections.

So, while the world badly needs a global system of enforceable laws in order to outlaw war, prosecute terrorists and deal with environmental problems which do not respect national boundaries, we also have a long way to go to be a respectably democratic nation. A good start will be to amend the constitution to clearly state that money isn’t speech, and corporations are not entitled to the rights of people. If you agree that this is urgent, please send a check to MoveToAmend.org.

-- Permission to publish granted by author Robert F. Hanson

June 21, 2012
Rio's Earth Summit desperately needs the Earth Constitution

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development has the
right ecological principle (sustainability), is doing a good job identifying global environmental issues via the UN Environment Program, but is fatally handicapped by the obsolete UN Charter which justifies national sovereignty no matter how dangerous it is to a healthy and safe planet earth.


Rio De Janeiro, according to a story today sent out by the Associated Press, is an environmental mess.  Water is being polluted by inadequate waste facilities.  The problem is sewage in this city in Brazil with its millions of people.  A Brazilian biologist, Sandra Azevedo, is quoted as complaining that she works "right next to open, running sewage." "We work next to a massive toilet," she concludes. 

Environmentalists from the world over know that Rio is just one of these environmental nightmares. Oceans, rivers, cities, and different types of land from forests to deserts are being polluted in one way or another.  The bombing of Fallujah, Iraq left radioactive poisoning which will haunt generations, a result of the use of Depleted Uranium munitions (dirty bombs) by the United States. 

The United States is but one example of the type of environmental crimes committed by nations, but are untouchable by any enforceable laws as they are immune due to having "national sovereignty" -- hence, cannot be stopped when they pollute. 

Without the Earth Constitution, environmentalists must rely on the good will of the individual nation states and the multinational corporations which do much of the polluting.  With the Earth Constitution replacing the UN Charter, then each nation would be part of a unified whole, and be held accountable under enforceable world laws. 

Thus, for example, the threat of nuclear annihiliation of planet earth could be eliminated under the Earth Constitution because nations would no longer need their military forces, the advantage of having a unified world within the protection of a democratic world federal government.  But will Earth Summit activists and national politicians grasp what is really needed?  Probably not. 

The current Rio Earth Summit is most likely to yield an excellent, but depressing list of ecological crisis points, lots and lots of promises by the nations to "do better" regarding environmental standards, but in the end not do enough, fast enough.  This Earth Summit, like those conferences before it, will ultimately fail despite the good intentions of those activists and politicians trying to save planet earth.

What's the answer?  Embracing the Earth Constitution and starting the process of creating a new politica world body, the Earth Federation.  This strategy may well be the only viable method to save even the nations themselves from environmental disasters.

Moreover, only a democratic world federation can eliminate completely the danger of a nuclear Armageddon. The nations and peoples must federate, and they must unite using the first green constition ever written -- the Earth Constitution.

-- Editor




 
June 3, 2012 (revised from May 31, 2012)
Can the Earth Constitution provide a model of government which can prevent dictatorships while reducing political conflicts and enhancing democracy?

From Egypt to Libya to Mali, and beyond, uprisings have overthrown governments. They will need new constitutions of enlightened and thoughtful design in order to meet the needs and expectations of the citizenry.

When the World Constitution and Parliament Association took on the task of writing a world constitution, they sought input from world citizens from around the world reflecting different nations, religions, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds.  The result was a constitution which was clear and convincing in its design. 

WCPA's Earth Constitution (EC) was first of all a model for (1) democracy.  Good government requires that people have a voice in their own governance.  The revolutions in both Egypt and Libya were based upon people rejecting dictators, and demanding democracy.  

Secondly, the EC's design seeks unification of the nations of the world by means of forming a federation. The nations were to (2) federate

While federation creates a central governing structure, the EC provides for distribution of power by using the (3) principle of subsidiarity.  The EC directs the government to decentralize power as much as is possible:  Local problems to be solved at the local level;  national problems at the national level;  and global problems at the global level.

The directive to decentralize government with the Federation will enhance cooperation and goodwill between different tribal regions and cultures within any nation -- a feature which can reduce internal conflict in countries with strong ethnic or religious sects like in Egypt, Libya, and
Iraq. 

Earth Constitution's design is parliamentary, not presidential

As troubled nations such as Egypt begin the task of writing new constitutions, they should note how the Earth Constitution rejects a design in which the country has a president.  Instead, the EC's design is parliamentary, rather than presidential. 

The President of the United States has gained the powers of an unchecked dictator by the simple means of declaring a (perpetual) war (on terror) -- using this excuse to give the President ongoing "emergency" powers -- in short, the powers of a dictator.   

"World Executive" consists of a Presidium of 5 and Executive Cabinet of 25 
The Earth Constitution has elections for parliament, not for president.  This eliminates any chance of a dictator taking power.  No need for people to panic over an election for a president as is now happening in Egypt.  Many Egyptians are apprehensive.  They dislike the two remaining candidates -- one from the previous Mubarak government which has been overthrown, and the other a member of the Muslim brotherhood with worry of a theocratic takeover. 


From the Earth Constitution:
The World Executive shall consist of a Presidium of five members, and an Executive Cabinet of from twenty to thirty members, all of whom shall be members of the World Parliament.  Article 6.3.1 The Presidium shall be composed of five members, one to be designated as President and other four as Vice Presidents.  Each member of the Presidium shall be from a different Continental Division.  6.3.2 The Presidency of the Presidium shall rotate each year... 6.3.3 The decisions of the Presidium shall be taken collectively, on the basis of majority decisions... 6.3.4 Each member of the Presidium shall be a member of the World Parliament...

There are a number of troubled nations which may be writing new constitutions in the near future.  The list includes Egypt, Libya, Mali, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and eventually, Syria.  When new national constitutions are drafted, can they satisfy the different conflicting factions while maintaining democracy? 

It is the contention of this analysis that if these troubled nations choose federation and democracy, the parliamentary instead of a presidential system, and the rotating leadership model of thePresidium as seen in the Earth Constitution, they will succeed.

A recommendation to Mali, and other unstable nations
Rene Wadlow, a world citizen expert on national conflicts and their resolution, has recommended that the current rebellion in Mali be resolved by forming a federation.  This is wise advice.

If Mali, and the other troubled nations, carefully study the full Earth Constitution, they may find the ideas needed to write customized national constitution's which reduce internal political conflicts, eliminate forever the danger of dictatorship, and all in all provide good government which is able to meet the needs of the people.

-- Editor 


  

 



 




   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Revised May 13, 2012 (from April 18)
Quit kidding ourselves.  The world must federate.  A constant stream of new conflicts from China to the Arctic


In a recent Associated Press article (4-12-12) it was reported that the Philippines had warned China that "the Philippines would defend itself if provoked." Really? What's the problem? A territorial dispute over the South China Seas, described by the AP story as a "dangerous confrontation." 

The South China Sea area is believed to be "rich in oil and gas", and it is also an area where Chinese and Filipino fisherman compete for fishing space. The confrontations between the two nations has included "armed Filipino troops" reported to have boarded a Chinese fishing vessel for an inspection. 

Happily for the US military industrial complex, the Philippines has recently acquired what is described as its "largest warship", the BRP Gregorio del Pilar.  This "warship" has been deployed to the South China Sea.

Can the United Nations prevent these types of territorial disputes? Probably not, particularly if the Chinese, with its veto power at the UN, refuse to accept outside mediation. 

Then there's the developing story which makes one feel a deep chill.  It's the race to the Arctic, thanks to global warming.  Nations are positioning themselves for access to the oil, or whatever else of value might be found in these unfreezing waters.  Nations attempting to secure territory include Russia, the United States, Canada, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and others. 

In a 4-17-12 AP report, we learn that the nations gathered recently at a Canadian military base to discuss "regional security issues." How will nations decide who gets what? Will the most powerful nations edge out the weaker nations? Where will private corporations fit into the picture? Will NATO find an excuse to provide military protection for American and British oil companies?

The United Nations is too weak to step in and mandate a fair sharing of the Arctic's wealth for the world at large, despite the fact that the Arctic should be considered "world" territory.  

These types of conflicts and disputes at the global level are typical, and illustrate the need for the world to federate.  There must be world union. 

The Earth Federation would provide the Arctic territory with a guardian in the world public interest. The UN will be unable to prevent its overly sovereign nations from fighting each other over territory in the Arctic.  The UN's Charter gives too much independence to rogue states so that in the end, "might makes right."  Threats of war, or war will be the final arbiter over who gets the wealth of the Arctic.

An Earth Federation government, thanks to its federal and democratic Earth Constitution, would put the disputed Arctic territories in the hands of the world community and the world public interest where it belongs.  Cooperation and sharing instead of competition and narrow national self-interest. 

-- Editor (Revised May 13, 2012)


May 6, 2012
The majority of countries belonging to the United Nations have been restricted to second class citizenship. But the inequality and lack of democracy may be about to be challenged. 

World federalist activists are calling for an Article 109 UN Charter Review Conference.  Democratic World Federalists based out of San Francisco are in the process of preparing a new look website which will include Charter Review as a main "Path to World Federation."

Although recognizing that the Security Council could  ultimately veto proposed changes to the UN Charter, it nevertheless is seen as opening the door to a full review of the Charter, and the possibility for an entirely new draft being presented as a careful examination of the Charter shows it is not democratic, and it is not federal in its basic structure. The Charter has also been criticized as it lacks the capacity for enforceable world law. Powerful countries ignore international laws at will, and their leaders are never prosecuted. They are above the Law.

Is it time to retire the aging UN Charter? Will the Earth Constitution be the foundation for an emerging new global political body (the Earth Federation)?  An Earth Federation government based upon the Earth Constitution has the key characteristics (democracy, federal, enforceable world law) which are glaringly absent from the UN Charter rendering the UN ineffective and lacking political legitimacy.

-- Editor

April 18, 2012
Quit kidding ourselves.  The world must federate.  A constant stream of new conflicts from China to the Arctic.


In a recent Associated Press article (4-12-12) it was reported that the Philippines had warned China that "the Philippines would defend itself if provoked." Really? What's the problem? A territorial dispute over the South China Seas, described by the AP story as a "dangerous confrontation." 

The South China Sea area is believed to be "rich in oil and gas", and it is also an area where Chinese and Filipino fisherman compete for fishing space. The confrontations between the two nations has included "armed Filipino troops" reported to have boarded a Chinese fishing vessel for an inspection. 

Happily for the US military industrial complex, the Philippines has recently acquired what is described as its "largest warship", the BRP Gregorio del Pilar.  This "warship" has been deployed to the South China Sea.

Can the United Nations prevent these types of territorial disputes? Probably not, particularly if the Chinese, with its veto power at the UN, refuse to accept outside mediation. 

Then there's the developing story which makes one feel a deep chill.  It's the race to the Arctic, thanks to global warming.  Nations are positioning themselves for access to the oil, or whatever else of value might be found in these unfreezing waters.  Nations attempting to secure territory include Russia, the United States, Canada, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and others. 

In a 4-17-12 AP report, we learn that the nations gathered recently at a Canadian military base last to discuss "regional security issues." How will nations decide who gets what? Will the most powerful nations edge out the weaker nations? Where will private corporations fit into the picture? Will NATO find an excuse to provide military protection for American and British oil companies?

The United Nations is too weak to step in and mandate a fair sharing of the Arctic's wealth for the world at large, despite the fact that the Arctic should be considered "world" territory.  

These type of conflicts and disputes at the global level are a typical, and illustrates the need for the world to federate.  There must be world union. 

The Earth Federation would provide the Arctic territory with a guardian in the world public interest. The Arctic territory should be under the authority of the world public interest represented by an elected world parliament under the Earth Constitution.

-- Editor
March 28, 2012
Why Americans need the Earth Constitution
Editorial

Article 13.5  (Directive Principles for the Earth Federation) in the Earth Constitution states that people have a right to "Free and adequate public health services and medical care available to everyone throughout life under conditions of free choice." 

Meanwhile, the United States Supreme Court muddles through a decision which will mean life or death for many  unlucky citizens. This decision should be a no-brainer, but not in a society where the high priests of money privateer without remorse and insist that your right to life should include a profit center -- most likely for the 1%.

The US can spend over $600 billion a year for so-called national "defense"(another profit center for the 1%), but what good is "defense" if you can't afford to go to the doctor? One can die from a foreign attack (unlikely), or die from lack of adequate medical care (far more likely).

Americans don't even have a right to go to the dentist -- unless that is, you have plenty of money. 

Is it time to think about what Jesus (or Muhammad or Buddha) would do if making the health care decision of potential life or death for millions of people?

OPINION - Editor


 For previous OPINION commentaries and editorials explaining the benefits of federating in a world union under the Earth Constitution, continue to scroll down...
 


 



March 5, 2012
UN system can't stop Syria or Israel:  Terrorism Shows Need for Earth Federation


The United Nations system is unable to stop the killing in Syria, or to prevent Israel from repeated terrorist threats telling Iran they plan to attack.  These are examples of state sponsored terrorism using violence or threats of violence in order to gain submission.    

Syria's dictator, Bashar Assad, has used the full force of his military against his own people.   Tanks, artillery, snipers, and secret police have targeted rebels and innocent civilians such as in the ongoing massacre against the city of Homs.  Assad has refused to let the Red Cross in, and has kept the media out. 

UN system unable to prevent terrorism
The UN has been rendered helpless to intervene in Syria because Russia and China have veto power in the UN Security Council.   The UN faces a similar problem regarding Israel.

Israel continues to threaten Iran with an attack because it does not want Iran to have a nuke.  Ironically,  Israel itself is estimated to possess 200 (undeclared) nuclear weapons, and refuses to give them up!  This double standard does not seem to bother Israel, or its ally, the United States. 

Much like Russia and China with Syria, the US uses its veto power to prevent the UN from stepping in to end the terrorist tactics.  (Israel's message to Iran:  Do what we demand, or we will bomb you.)   Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces almost daily Israel's intention to commit a unilateral attack against Iran sometime in the coming months. 

Terrorism is more than physical aggression
Imagine the trauma Netanyahu's pronouncements cause for families in Iran having their children hear that their country is going to be bombed.  Many of these children may remember Israel's massacre of civilians in Gaza,  or the shock and awe invasion by the United States of Iraq which destroyed the country and became a nightmare for Iraqi families.  

For such families and their children, Israel's threats are a clear form of psychological terrorism.  

Earth Federation under the Earth Constitution superior to UN system to prevent terrorism

The Earth Constitution joins nations in a world union in a form of "federal sovereignty" rather than absolute sovereignty.   A federal structure has levels of governance -- local, national, and global. 
When the national level of governance breaks down, the global government is there to resolve the issues so that war is avoided. 

The world's citizenry also have basic inalienable rights.   If a national leader violates these rights, the Federation will step in to hold that leader accountable for any criminal actions.  (In Syria a dictator is the problem, hence the Federation would need to protect the citizenry from such a rogue leader.)

Whereas the UN requires each nation to militarize, the Earth Federation is a fully nonmilitary structure.   Nations would no longer go to war, they would go to court, or they could potentially go to the World Parliament for a resolution of differences. 

In a world union, war would be unnecessary and obsolete
The Earth Constitution has provisions which provide peaceful means to resolve conflicts.  War or incitement to war would be illegal.  Moreover, in a world union such as the Earth Federation, war to resolve conflicts would be unnecessary and obsolete.     

In the Earth Federation, no one is above the law

The Earth Federation's judiciary system with its world law could not be ignored as is now the case with the UN system of international law -- which continues to leave leaders of powerful nations above the law.  

Under the Earth Federation, the people of Syria would have been immediately protected.  An arrest warrant would go out for the dictator Assad.  If he failed to turn himself in to the authorities, the world police could seek him out.  The Federation would not attack the whole country, but rather isolate him out as an individual, and arrest him for trial. 

In a similar fashion, Mr. Netanyahu would potentially be arraigned for authorizing terrorist tactics against another nation.   He could be held criminally responsible for inciting violence against another country. 

In both these sample cases under the Earth Federation, the defendants would have a right to due process.  

Editor's note:  (It should be noted that US citizens no longer have the right to "due process of the law."  US citizens can now be detained indefinitely without trial.  This would be a case where the Earth Federation would need to intervene as all citizens have certain inalienable rights according to the Earth Constitution.)

 









February 23, 2012
Less Government or Good Government? 

An AP story by Jenny Barchfield (2/2/12 SF Chronicle) describes how Rio De Janeiro is "crumbling" over the last year while Rio tries to get ready for the Olympics. 

A professor of urban planning, Christopher Gaffney, is quoted as explaining "...The problem is the management of the city.  It's a totally unregulated system, which leads to problems such as the exploding manholes, derailing streetcars, and collapsing buildings." 

Editor's commentary:  Rio's unregulated system is an example of how "less government" hurts the public.   Barchfield concludes that such an unregulated system is a "recipe for disaster." 

We can apply "unregulated" to the nation-state global system.   Somalia is an example of "unregulated" and "less government" -- and Somalia is an ongoing disaster for its citizens.    Moreover, the constant wars on the global stage show the negative consequence of the absence of government at the world level. 

We already see how the lack of appropriate regulation of financial institutions (that is, "less government") has caused a worldwide economic catastrophe.   Good government is what is needed, not less government. 

For the Earth Federation, good government means protecting its citizenry from "less government" particularly when "less" is code language for "lack of regulation", wherein such lack of oversight causes harm to the public.       


February 21, 2012
Darkness of Empire:  A devastating critique by Professor Glen Martin of the domination over people and the fragmented nations by use of military force and a rigged, debt-based economic system

"The American Empire and the Struggle for Human Liberation" recently published by Dr. Glen Martin is a powerful indictment of the present world's struggle with Empire and its endless thirst for more and more power, and domination of nations and peoples. 

Martin describes how Empire "...endeavors to extend its tentacles, becoming ever more irrational and dangerous, while the peoples of Earth long for freedom, survival, and a new beginning.  The Empire's secret plan?  Martin agrees with Noam Chomsky who saw the U.S. after WWII as the remaining superpower which proceeded to establish "military and economic hegemony that could be used by transnational investors to maximize profits through exploiting the cheap resources and labor of subject peoples." 

The rigged economic system has prevailed, writes Martin, "...with their system of debt-money making all governments beholden to them and placing the peoples of Earth into massive debt, an entirely unnecessary system of totalitarian control..."  Martin cites author Ellen Brown in his analysis of how the world's money system works against the majority of people. 

While Establishment pundits on the Left and the Right shy away from the need for world union and world government,  Martin argues convincingly that the "fragmented world disorder of some 192 militarized 'sovereign' nation-states" is the very structure which allows Empire to dominate --
they can "divide and conquer." 

What could be the answer to end the darkness of Empire?  "The answer is simple, clear, and compelling," writes Martin.  "Human liberation requires that we join together under a democratic Constitution for the Federation of Earth that protects the freedom and diversity of peoples everywhere." 

Regarding the Earth Federation Movement, Martin states:  "We do not want to eliminate the variety of nations, cultures, religions, languages, and perspectives of the world.  Such diversity is wonderful and gives rise to thousands of beautiful ways of authentic human flourishing.  But the absolute, militarized borders, and the ability of the World Bank and the IMF to force the economic conditions of empire onto isolated countries, cannot endure.   These are the very building blocks of empire."

Martin's conclusion is one of hope yet with a warning:  "The human spirit will prevail:  the spirit of freedom, reason, diversity, compassion, and solidarity.  But we are in a race against time, since the empire is intent on closing the doors of freedom on the Earth forever." 

His conclusion:  "We need to embrace together the Earth Constitution, and by doing so bring humankind to the next step in planetary consciousness and human civilization.  We must all join together in the name of planetary democracy, and establish a common framework for free human flourishing for all persons.  Only in this way can we abolish the empire, and the threat of empire, forever from the Earth." 

-- for Dr. Martin's full article ("The American Empire and the Struggle for Liberation") go to
   
   
   

 Reader Supported News’ Godot and posted on the websites (below) -- Editor

 

Dr. Glen T. Martin

 

President, World Constitution and Parliament Assoc. (www.wcpa.biz)

President, Institute on World Problems (www.worldproblems.net)

Professor of Philosophy, Radford University (www.radford.edu/gmartin)

 
 
 

February 7, 2012

Conflict between Israel and Iran leading to war?

Why we need world federal government

 

The headlines these days make it clear that the conflict between Israel and Iran may move beyond economic sanctions against Iran.   Israel has stated it may attack Iranian nuclear facilities.   Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned that any attack would be met with retaliation.  

 

Without federal world government in place, an attack and invasion may soon be in the making creating a nightmare for thousands upon thousands of innocent citizens particularly in Iran, but also possibly in Israel if the conflict spills over to the broader Middle East.   

                                 

Ayatollah Khamenei  is quoted as saying that "...any attack would be 10 times worse for the interests of the United States."  The US has provided Israel with money and weapons, and Congress under the influence of the Israeli Lobby has voiced full support for Israel's threats against Iran if the Iranian government refuses to bow to Israeli demands to cease their nuclear program. 

 

Israel has nuclear weapons.  What's wrong with this picture?

A world federal government would analyze the conflict from the point of view of the world public interest rather than narrow national self-interest.    

 

The (World) Federation would likely note that Israel maintains almost 200 nuclear weapons.   Iran has none.   Israel fears that eventually Iran will obtain nukes. 

 

Under a World Federal Government neither nation would need, or be allowed to possess weapons of mass destruction since under world union there would be no need for such horrible weapons.   

 

Much like California does not need nuclear missiles to protect itself from Texas, as part of a world federal union Israel would not need these terrible weapons to protect itself from Iran, or any other nation.   Similarly, Iran would have no need to seek nukes for their defense. 

 

In a democratic world federation there would be nonviolent alternatives to war.  Both parties would take their dispute to mediators for resolution, and if that fails they could turn to a World Court (such as the World Court's Bench for International Conflicts in the Earth Constitution), or as another avenue, could take the dispute to a democratically elected World Parliament. 

 

The global democratic Federal government described here makes going to war unnecessary, and indeed, illegal.  

 

When war becomes a world crime

Under a well-written world constitution, war becomes against the law.   Nuclear weapons also becomes against the law.  But under this new global governing structure, laws would be enforceable, not mere empty words as is currently the case.   

 

Any national leaders or generals who went to war, or maintained nuclear weapons would be treated as common criminals, and would be held individually accountable.  World police would arrest them, and they would be prosecuted for world crimes. 

 

State sponsored terrorism considered a world crime

War crime prosecutions in an Israel/Iran war could include leaders of the United States for providing weapons and money to Israel.   Such support could be consider state sponsored terrorism.   If evidence was provided that covert operations were also employed causing death or destruction such as in false flag operations, the operatives and those who ordered such  actions could be considered world criminals and be prosecuted accordingly.  

 

United Nations not equipped to deal with the Iranian/Israeli conflict  

Because of the rule of sovereignty for each nation is written in the UN Charter,  the UN has no authority to prevent either Iran or Israel from going to war, or even for possessing nuclear weapons.  

 

If the US is involved, the UN's hands are completely tied because the US has the power of the veto in the UN -- an ultimate means to avoid prosecution for world crimes. 

 

In the present conflict it appears that the US is an ally of Israel, and Iran may have China or Russia on its side.   Because of the undemocratic powers of these powerful nations, they go unrestrained on the global stage.   Their veto power in the UN Security Council can prevent any action which might prevent war.    

 

Will war soon be the outcome?   Will  thousands upon thousands of innocent civilians, families, women and children become war victims as occurred in the invasion of Iraq?  Another avoidable  catastrophe simply because the nations refuse to unite and to federate?  

January 16, 2012
A recent book, Vultures' Picnic by investigative reporter Greg Palast, is an important source to understand the deep financial corruption seen worldwide

From  finance, to oil, to nuclear power, Palast digs below the surface to reveal the manipulations and world crimes which benefit a sociopathic few while harming ordinary, decent people who make up the majority.   

Mr. Palast, who is unfamiliar with the Earth Federation Movement, would most likely applaud the Earth Constitution's world judiciary structure which includes provisions for enforceable law at the international level.  No longer would the powerful be "above the law" and often escape prosecution for fraud, cover-ups, and dirty financial dealings.   A Swiss bank account anyone?  

The EC provides a potentially powerful tool for honest investigators such as Mr. Palast who are often frustrated when crimes and injustices uncovered on the world stage go unpunished.  

-- Editor       



  

 

January 9, 2012
Can a Democratic World Federation Government Include Dictatorships?
(Discussion from the Internet)

 

Dear fellow world federalists:


WCPA's Constitution for the Federation of Earth (aka "Earth Constitution") has worked out the details for a World Parliament in a rather simple, yet elegant manner.  


The Earth Federation's World Parliament is to include both a House of Peoples, and a House of Nations. 


The House of Peoples, similar to the US House of Representatives, is to consist of 1000 Electoral Districts based upon population (to represent the 7 billion people worldwide). The late Dr. Hanna Newcombe devised a brilliant outline of potential electoral districts for the House of Peoples.  These proposed electoral districts should prove relatively easy to update to account for subsequent population shifts.


The House of Nations outlined in the Earth Constitution allows up to 3 delegates per nation or group of nations, depending upon a simple formula taking into account population of each nation or group of nations.  Large nations like China or India will  be allowed 3 delegates maximum in the House of Nations. 


Regarding the issue of a nation being democratic or not, the Earth Constitution's Bill of Rights is such that any nation ratifying the Constitution (thereby joining the Earth Federation) will be committed to democratic standards, per the Earth Constitution


There will undoubtedly be debates about what constitutes fair and authentic democratic processes as each nation has its own notion of "democracy".   Political democracy?   Economic democracy?  The role of money, the role of media, and so on.  


Because a world federal government is so necessary if we are to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, prevent wars, end poverty worldwide, and protect individual human rights, it is my faith and belief that the glitches and obstacles can be overcome. 


Dr. Roger Kotila - Editor, Earth Federation News & Views

 


Response from Dr. Glen Martin, President-elect  of the World Constitution & Parliament Association (1/6/2012):


As Dr. Roger Kotila correctly points out, the Earth Constitution provides a framework for the inclusion of all nations into an Earth Federation that allows both for “full faith and credit” of their existing documents and legal systems (Article 14) and for the progressive transformation of what is undemocratic in their systems to conformity with the Earth Constitution.  For example, it is not until the second operative stage in the actualization process of the Earth Federation (under Article 17) that nations are required to enter into the process of systematically and carefully disarming.  Since all military organization is anti-democratic and destructive of universal human rights (because military action by definition dispenses with due process of law), no military can be part of a democratic Earth Federation.  However, the Constitution allows for a measured conversion process to take place that does not confront dictatorships or oligarchies (like the US and Britain, for example) with an all or nothing choice.


Indeed, one of the truly extraordinary things about the Constitution is that, while standing on fundamental principles of global democracy and universal human rights (hence, ultimately not allowing dictatorships to be part of the Earth Federation), it provides a variety of mechanisms for moving from the current dysfunctional and undemocratic world to a world guided by these fundamental principles. The key is not an either/or attitude but reasonable mechanisms for conversion.  One of these mechanisms is the Provisional World Parliament.


Right now, we are working on legislation to be introduced at the next session of the Parliament (Session 13), that specifies in detail a conversion process for dictatorships wishing to join the Earth Federation.  This conversion process provides flexibility (they do not have to immediately throw out their current legal structures or ruling class) but requires that they enter into a process under which they can initially join the federation and begin receiving its immense financial and other benefits through agreeing to a carefully defined series of conversion stages that will ultimately lead to full conformity with the Earth Constitution.


This is the real issue.  Not whether or not dictatorships can become part of an emerging Earth Federation, but the concrete and practical issue of a measured process by which nations begin to transform their structures over time into conformity with the requirements of universal democracy and human rights.  The process holds out the incentive of the immense benefits of being part of the Earth Federation while not excluding non-democratic nations, but working with not only rulers and dictators, but also with their peoples directly, to undergo a reasonable, nonviolent process of transformation necessary to bring the nations of Earth together under a single Democratic Constitution.


Dr. Glen T. Martin

Secretary-General, World Constitution and Parliament Assoc. (www.wcpa.biz)

President, Institute on World Problems (www.worldproblems.net)

Professor of Philosophy, Radford University (www.radford.edu/gmartin)

January 8, 2012
Will an Attack Against Iran be a War Crime?


Do the leaders of Israel and the U.S. risk prosecution by the International Criminal Court for a war crime if they invade Iran?  The answer is "no".  The leaders of Empire are, in practice, above international law.   

This fact is very clear as evidenced by the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.   The "shock and awe" destruction of Iraq for example, based upon false evidence, did not lead to prosecution by any international court of those responsible such as former President George Bush, Jr., Vice President Cheney, or the Pentagon generals.  No prosecution for war crimes, no prosecution for torture. 

The leaders of Israel have never been prosecuted for the brutal attacks on Gaza, or for the ongoing illegal expansion of Israeli settlements upon Palestinian lands.       

Unfortunately for the world, when justice is unevenly administered, the imbalance creates resentment among peoples and nations.  This fundamental unfairness becomes a breeding ground for more conflict and wars. 

Iran is being told that they cannot have a nuclear weapon, yet Israel is allowed to possess, by some estimates, as many as one hundred nuclear warheads. The U.S. has refused to give up its nuclear weapons, as have other nuclear states including Russia, China, Great Britain, France, Pakistan, and North Korea.    

The Earth Constitution, unlike the United Nations Charter, would establish enforceable world law applied to all.  No individual, no matter how powerful his/her nation, would be above the law.  Justice would be administered fairly to all. 

Rather than war, conflicts would be adjudicated by a World Judiciary system, mediators, and a democratic World Parliament based upon the world public interest, not narrow national interest or superpower status. 


Under the Earth Constitution, no nation is allowed to possess weapons of mass destruction.  A psychological analysis of the dynamics of disarmament makes it clear that only disarmament by all nations will create acceptable conditions for a permanent and secure peace. 


Realistically therefore, to avoid an Armageddon type catastrophe, all nations possessing weapons of mass destruction must give them up.  Without full cooperation from all nations, the psychology of paranoia will continue and nations will refuse to disarm.   

-- Editor 

December 9, 2011
A Grand Strategy:  From Occupy Wall Street to Occupy Everything.   Will Activists See the Strategic Advantage of Adopting the Earth Constitution?

 

The Occupy Wall Street nonviolent protest movement has expanded almost everywhere -- from city to city, and to college campuses.   We watch similar protests continue and grow in Europe, Egypt, Syria, and beyond.  

Something is in the air -- the people want change.  What  psychologist C.G. Jung called the "collective unconscious" appears to have caused a simultaneous reaction worldwide -- a peaceful protest movement demanding fundamental changes in the governing system.   The corruption of governments by Big Money must cease. 

 

Time for a new governing system and world union

Enter the Earth Constitution drafted over a period of thirty years by world citizens from many countries organized by the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA). The Earth Constitution has become the foundation for an emerging Earth Federation Movement (EFM) calling for a democratic world union, and a new governing system.

The real question about this new governing system is not about big government, it is about good or bad government.  Good government meets the needs of "we, the people" and is fair and just.  The Earth Federation's Constitution is designed to meet these important standards, and much more. 

The Earth Constitution, as just one example, replaces the current global war system with a peace system.   If offers a realistic paradigm to eliminate all nuclear weapons.  This fact alone should cause activists to embrace the EFM.  

But it offers more.  Think of the goal to "Occupy Everything."   Because international private investment banking and multinational corporations literally and figuratively "buy" countries, this world constitution is designed to put a stop to these manipulations by Big Money.  Individual nations are no match for Big Money or secret covert operations to overthrow them if they do not cooperate.  

    

WCPA activists will be in India during the sessions of the International Conference of Chief Justices.   WCPA will hold meetings to discuss strategies to further the cause of establishing the Earth Federation with its Provisional World Parliament under the Earth Constitution.    


New world judiciary system part of Earth Constitution

Earth Federation activists hope to establish a "Collegium of World Judges" to support the Earth Constitution's structure for a World Judiciary system designed equal to the task for honest and fair, and enforceable world law and order.  

 

Thus, for example,  no longer would high government officials be able to avoid prosecution for their world crimes.   Multinational corporations and international banking interests would no longer be able to be the "shot-callers" as to a nation's economic structure.   High executives from business would be held accountable as individuals -- no longer above the law. 

 

Bringing private international banking interests back to earth

Regarding banking, a concern of Occupy Wall Street, the 1% would no longer be able to hide their money in Switzerland -- or in other off shore secret bank accounts.  


Private banking would no longer be allowed to control currency and credit.  The global financial apparatus would be returned to "we, the people," with ownership and regulation by a democratically elected Earth Federation government.   


Establishing universal standards for civilized societies

The Earth Constitution provides a blueprint for a new governing system which returns democratic processes to "we, the people."   Its Bill of Rights for the Citizens of Earth (Articles 12 and 13) sets universal standards for civilized societies.  


Articles 12 and 13 as well as other provisions in the Earth Constitution can provide authoritative legitimacy to the demands of the Occupy protesters who call themselves the "99%". 

 

A modern Magna Carta for the people?

For the Occupy Everything protest movement, the Earth Constitution could function like a modern day Magna Carta.  (In 1215 the English barons forced King John to agree to the rights and privileges which came to be known as the Magna Carta.)     

The 99% are demanding that the 1% not only pay up, but give the government back to "we, the people."  This is unlikely to happen despite worldwide protests except on a token level -- unless activists turn to the Earth Constitution.  

 

The EFM has tried to warn activists that simply trying to "fix America" is inadequate.  The system as a whole must also be changed.

The belief that if we can only "fix America" then everything will be alright is a mistake we made after stopping the Viet Nam war.

 

Now however, the peace movement is back.   Will it be "flower power" again but failing to look more deeply into what's wrong? (One lesson learned out of the Sixties peace movement is that "love" is not enough.)  More fundamental changes are necessary.  

 

We must acknowledge "deep politics" and pursue the ugly truths such as the many "false flag operations" conducted by governments in secret.   Covert agencies killing people but blaming it on someone else.   Its a method of manipulation unknown to the general public used to create false "enemies."  What's the purpose to create false "enemies"?   To keep the people in fear and paranoia -- thereby easy to manipulate.   


The Earth Federation government will not tolerate secret death squads or other forms of attacks on the innocent.  The Earth Federation will stand for openness, authentic democracy, and integrity.     


Students join the peaceful rebellion

What started out as a campaign to gain regulation over Big Money (i.e., Occupy Wall Street) has branched out as activists show that the unlimited spending on America's military is creating growing poverty at home.   

Students, frustrated over the increasing costs of education, are in rebellion.   They have to pay more because the country's money is going to the military/industrial complex rather than to education.  America is a military economy.   Weapons first, sold worldwide.   Taxpayers pay unthinkable sums of money for death and destruction, while student tuition continues to rise.

Money flows easily for bombs, guns, nuclear weapons, covert operations to assassinate and destroy, and for Homeland Insecurity.  The country provides expensive toys-for-boys such as fighter jets, ships loaded with technical gear, and drone missiles to kill by simply pushing a button. 

Meanwhile, on the home front, people are losing their homes and can barely feed their families.   There is massive unemployment.  Education has become too expensive except for the 1%.  

 

A political strategy to establish "legitimate authority" for protester's demands  

A closer look at  Articles 12 and 13 of the Earth Constitution shows how its provisions can give legitimate authority to the Occupy Wall Street protest movement expanded to a worldwide "Occupy Everything."

Article 12.3    Freedom of speech, press, communication
           12.4    Freedom of assembly, peaceful demonstration
           12.12  Freedom of person from arbitrary or unreasonable arrest,
                      detention, search or seizure; warrants required.
           12.13  Prohibition against...torture
           12.14  Right of habeas corpus
           12.18  ...prohibition against surveillance as a means of political control
          
Article  13.1    Equal opportunity for useful employment for everyone       
            13.4   Free and adequate public education available to everyone.
            13.5   Free and adequate public health services and medical care
                      available to everyone throughout life
            13.11 Assurance for everyone of adequate housing,...food,...
            13.13 Social Security for everyone to relieve the hazards of
                      unemployment, sickness, old age, disability, 

                           family circumstances, catastrophe....


The Earth Constitution as the key "game" changer

It remains to be seen if Occupy Wall Street activists will grasp the implications of turning to the Earth Constitution as the key strategy to save America itself, and to deliver the world from its downward spiral.     

The Earth Constitution is a system changer -- a basic "game" changer.    It could become the foundation for a worldwide, peaceful political and economic revolution.   It could provide the means for "we, the people"  to regain control over Big Money,  multinational corporations, and corrupt governments.

Making the impossible, possible

The Earth Constitution waits to be discovered, a gift to the world which could make what some think is impossible, possible: 

 

A path to eliminating wars and weapons of mass destruction.  Prosperity rather than poverty.  Fair and equal justice for all.  Protection of Mother Earth.  Genuine good government with authentic as opposed to fake, democracy. 

 

To be sure, any governing system will have its doubters, and its glitches.   But the Earth Constitution is surprisingly wise, and that is why it could have a very good chance to deliver as promised.  

 

-- Editor






July 31, 2011
                     Radioactive Poisoning

Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions have been used by the US military in

Afghanistan and Iraq, with birth defects now showing up in Fallujah and elsewhere according to a report by Kelly Vlahos in "The American Conservative" (April 2011).

 

American soldiers, along with civilian populations, have also been

exposed to these cancer causing munitions. Like with Agent Orange

during the Viet Nam war, the military authorities are denying that DU

munitions endanger our soldiers or civilians.


Has the Pentagon and NATO also used dirty bombs in Libya?

Will the International Criminal Court be authorized to investigate those

Pentagon and NATO generals who authorize DU use? Will they be held

accountable for crimes against humanity?


EDITOR'S NOTE:

No, they won't be prosecuted by the ICC as its jurisdiction and enforcement capabilities are severely restricted. Some powerful nations have refused to accept jurisdiction. They reject the Universal Bill of Rights for themselves. They maintain special privilege to be above the laws which others are expected to follow.

May 20, 2011

Privatization of Medical Care Could Make Going to the Doctor a Privilege, Not a Right

The recent proposal by the US House of Representatives to privatize Medicare by means of a voucher system could lead to health care being more of a privilege of the rich, rather than a right for all.  

Moreover, privatization would add a new level of expense as money which should go for health care is siphoned off to go to CEO's and stockholders of private insurance companies.

It is this writer's understanding that the administrative costs of government run Medicare is less than 10%, while the same costs in a privatized system could run as high as 30%.  

People with limited incomes could face the prospect of insurance premiums beyond their budget once their voucher allowance was used up, and be haunted by unknown amounts of co-pays and payment restrictions.

Let's keep it simple:   The Earth Constitution states that health care is a right (not a privilege).   Most European countries meet this standard of world citizenship, but the USA does not. 

The Earth Constitution in Article 13.5 (Bill of Rights for the Citizens of Earth - Directive Principles):  "It shall be the aim of the World Government to secure certain other rights..."Free and adequate public health services and medical care available to everyone throughout life under conditions of free choice."

The USA does not currently meet world citizenship standards although the Medicare system as it is presently structured is popular, and a step in the right direction.   Ultimately the USA will most likely develop a mixed system of public and private health care with a sliding fee type of system  where no one will ever go bankrupt due to illness, and no one will be denied medical care due to lack of money.  

(Editor's note:  "Medical care" also means access to both dental care and mental health services.  The average American cannot afford dental care.)

-- Editor    


April 30, 2011
Advantages of Using the Earth Constitution as a Model for Nations in Transition Who Seek Authentic Democracy

As nations such as Egypt, Tunisia and others experience the transition to new governments, they will likely seek to modify their existing constitutions to find ways to insure democratic processes and to prevent future tyranny by special interests such as Big Money, corrupt Superpower governments, or religious extremists.  


The Earth Constitution, although written with the whole world in mind, might provide a wealth of ideas and principles which would help these changing nations guarantee authentic democracy.   Better yet, the Earth Constitution's design might be helpful as a means to give all the different factions in a nation a voice.  

Moreover, the Earth Constitution, since it is a parliamentarian system as opposed to a presidential or dictatorship system, offers a design which eliminates dictatorial powers by any single individual.   The "Presidium" in the Earth Constitution consists of five members of Parliament who rotate each year as the Chairperson.   No person or special interest can seize power.  
 

There are numerous other features or principles in the Earth Constitution which a nation may wish to copy in their national constitution:   The Bill of Rights, green principles for ecological sustainability, and decentralization (subsidiarity).

To be sure, the Earth Constitution will not be a perfect fit for any specific nation, but it does provide a design which offers a type of governing structure which can unite, and which provides practical wisdom into the governing process. 

-- Editor  



April 23, 2011


Democratic Springtime 2011
Democratizing our Dysfunctional World System




The ?Democratic Spring? of 2011 expresses what people around the world have felt for a
long time. In nation after nation both nonviolent and armed resistance to dictatorship and
tyranny has erupted. This rebellion is significant and indicative of the sentiment of people?s
worldwide. The World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) has chapters in many
countries around the world from which people are demanding democracy, not only for
themselves, but for the people of Earth.

Much of the uprising in this democratic springtime has taken place in the Arab nations of
Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, and elsewhere. There was even incipient
resistance in Saudi Arabia, where massive force was used to prevent its overt appearance.i I
was in Bangladesh in December 2010, where people are struggling against fundamentalist
religious and military forces to preserve their democracy that was established in 1971. In India
as well, as Vandana Shiva has eloquently described in her book Earth Democracy, the struggle
for democracy is vibrant and widespread.

A similar upsurge has even taken place in the United States and Great Britain where masses
of people in both nations have come out in demonstrations, civil disobedience, and other forms
of resistance against the ruling class attempt to break the unions, cut fundamental social
services, and solidify corporate domination over the political process.ii Many articles have
appeared in the alternative press in these countries detailing the facts of the vast accumulation
of wealth in the hands of the rich that has continued even after the crash of 2008, as well as the
steps taken by politicians representing corporate domination to further that wealth and reduce
the opportunities of ordinary people.iii

The democratic revolution erupting this spring, however, will not succeed under the
current world system, which is heavily stacked against democracy and the welfare of the people
of Earth. This world system has two major components that work together to ensure the rule of
a tiny fraction of the Earth?s population over the rest of us. It works, in other words, to ensure
that democracy does not work and cannot work. These two interrelated components are
global corporate capitalism and the global system of ?sovereign? nation?states. In this system,
the elites in government and the elites in business work hand in hand to make laws and
regulations benefiting corporate wealth?accumulation through laws benefiting corporate
interests including privatization programs, security arrangements protecting corporations,
interest and rent payments, access to cheap resources, and access to cheap, exploitable labor. iv

This global system is protected by the world?s imperial hegemon, the United States, with
730 known military bases in all corners of the world and significant economic and political
leverage over nearly every nation on Earth.v This system ensures the accumulation of private
T
wealth in the hands of the banks and large corporations (including the ruling class within the
US) through a balkanization of the world?s peoples into easily manageable nation?state
components. Sometimes the Pentagon and US espionage systems are taken by surprise as
happened recently in Tunisia, where largely nonviolent massive protests rapidly toppled a US
supported dictator early in 2011 and served as a catalyst for the ?Democratic Springtime?
throughout much of the Arab?speaking world, giving the people of Tunisia at least some hope
of creating for themselves an effective constitutional democracy.

A largely nonviolent revolution soon followed in Egypt resulting in the deposition of
another US supported dictator, with the Egyptian army refusing the dictator?s orders to fire
upon the protestors. However, forward movement toward democracy in Egypt remains stalled
since the army has assumed control of the country, an option for ?governing? regularly
supported by the US since its ascendency to hegemony after the Second World War.vi The US
has now swung into action to help suppress the spread of democracy in the Arab world. It has
made an agreement with Saudi Arabia not to interfere with Saudi military invasion of Bahrian to
protect the autocratic government there and has remained silent as governments in Yemen and
other Arab countries fire upon unarmed protestors to stifle democratic dissent.vii

The current nation?state system allows political trouble in one part of the world to be
quarantined and eradicated by the global hegemon and its imperial lackies (Britain, France,
etc.). If international manipulation of the victim country fails to succeed (bribes, economic
threats, etc.), then hegemonic interests will be protected by overt force. Direct invasion and
colonial control (as in Iraq and Afghanistan), once accomplished, may result in withdrawal and
installation of neo?colonial puppet dictators who use political surveillance and torture to
prevent outbreaks of democracy and other such rebellions against the poverty, marginalization,
and misery of the masses.viii The principle on non?interference in the internal affairs of
sovereign states applies in general to all nations except the imperial superpower, which
routinely attempts to influence elections, fund right wing media, bribe officials, and use all
means of pressure to keep its global empire in conformity with the needs of corporate
investors.

When the imperial interests of the former colonial powers dictate military intervention in
the internal affairs of sovereign nations, then the principle of non?interference is quickly
jettisoned, as in the case of Libya after the democratic springtime spread to that country. The
dictator in Libya was not a puppet of the imperial powers but a vocal critic of Western
hypocrisy. In addition, he had control of significant oil resources not directly in the hands of the
multinational oil cartels. For both these reasons, he had to go. Suddenly, ?humanitarian
intervention? was the theme of the day, and a UN agreement to a simple no?fly zone was
interpreted by the US, Britain, and France as near unlimited discretion to militarily support the
rebels against the forces of the official Libyan government. Again, the balkanization of the
world into particulate nation?states allowed the imperial forces to ensure domination of a
portion of the world?s people in the service of their ?national interests.? There is no doubt,
however, that democracy will not be allowed to triumph in Libya.

The balkanization of the people of Earth into nation?state compartments is essential to the
maintenance of the world capitalist system and the US Empire. World citizens who wish to free
human beings to become self?determining participants in ?one world democracy? often do not
realize the extent to which the balkanized system of sovereign nation?states must necessarily
be preserved by the global ruling class.ix Many world federalist organizations support the
democratization of the UN, for example, and the democratic spring of 2011 has enlivened them
to push, in the name of the aspirations of the people of Earth, for a World Parliament to directly
represent people within the UN organization to complement the existing General Assembly
(that represents only governments).x

The present world system, however, is promoted and protected by the UN organization,
which largely mirrors the world system as described above. The UN Charter recognizes the
?sovereign integrity of its member states? (Article 2) and places all effective power in the hands
of the Security Council, dominated by its five permanent members, all of whom have
aspirations to global power and, at the very least, regional hegemony. In addition, the entire
UN system has long been colonized by global capitalism so, for example, GATT (the General
Agreement on Treaties and Trade) has been transformed into the adamantly ?free trade? World
Trade Organization (WTO). The principle of ?national sovereignty? means that nations may or
may not sign treaties, that they have no compelling reason to comply with treaties they have
signed, and that they may even sign treaties (so called international laws) while exempting
themselves from compliance (as the US has repeatedly done).

The UN allows the global superpower almost free rein to use UN ?international laws? in its
own interest, and, when these do not serve its interests, ignore them, as it did with the
invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Many world federalists correctly perceive that the UN has an
extensive worldwide infrastructure that could be very useful to global democracy, but they fail
to realize that piecemeal reform of the UN system will not result in global democracy. The
imperial dominators hold all the cards that will certainly be used to block effectiveness of
reform, including the effectiveness of a global people?s assembly that might be created to
complement the nearly powerless General Assembly.

The World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) does not share the apparent
naivet? of many world federalist organizations regarding the world system represented in the
UN. The WCPA understands that piecemeal reforms of the UN system cannot be successful in
the face of the forces ranged against global democracy (at least not in time to prevent
planetary ecocide or nuclear omnicide). The WCPA has long supported, however, an Article 109
Review Conference in which the nations in the General Assembly vote to reexamine the UN
system.
In an Article 109 review conference, the UN would have the option to replace the UN
Charter (representing the current undemocratic world system) with the Constitution for the
Federation of Earth (representing true global democracy: www.worldproblems.net). The Earth
Constitution provides for a truly democratic tri?cameral legislature with the authority, and
supporting institutions, to pass enforceable world laws for the people of Earth.

A Review
Conference that ratified the Earth Constitution would be an optimum result for the people of
Earth. The General Assembly could easily become the core of the House of Nations, the global
voting mechanisms that are currently set up by organizations like Vote World Parliament and
the People?s Congress could elect the representatives to the House of Peoples, and the
presently functioning Provisional World Parliament cou