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So many governments bickering at one another about topics which may be petty in the eyes of most. "Rescue Plan for Planet Earth: Democratic World Government Through a Global Referendum" is Jim Stark's call for the world to unite into one globalized government. Laying out plans on how it could work and examining subjects such as voting, taxes, and keeping it civil, he seeks to answer all questions in his aim to explain why a world government is viable and the best solution for the continued peace of earth. "Rescue Plan for Planet Earth" is highly recommended to those looking to alternative political solutions. --(c) Small Press Bookwatch: August 2008

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<DIV>Born in 1943, Jim Stark lives in rural Quebec, Canada with his wife Earleen Devine and their cat, Plop. He writes books and serves as the president of Vote World Government, the NGO behind the global referendum campaign. </DIV>
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  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Key Publishing House Inc; 1 edition (September 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978252659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978252656
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,701,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William Bass on March 15, 2009
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This is a critically important book. Its message is urgent. Democratic world government is an idea whose time is now. Our species stands at the threshold of global upheaval and possible extinction. A convergence of challenges unique in human history threatens to overwhelm us, and a cooperative worldwide response via a constitutional planetary democracy represents the most effective way to address these issues. First, however, we must choose to create these new systems. Jim Stark of Canada has come up with a novel yet simple approach to help us get there.

This book is a rare integration of vision and pragmatism. Jim Stark advocates a grass roots, internet-based Global Referendum along with paper mail-in ballots. The ballot proposition is simple and direct. One votes "Yes" or "No" for "Do you support the creation of a directly-elected, representative and democratic world government?" Early polls indicate a majority of people around the world and across many different religions and ethnic groups would vote yes if they could. Nation-state regimes, including the United Nations, will also have a choice. They can work together with this movement, or be by-passed. In regions of severe repression, warfare, and socio-political-economic upheaval voting may not be possible. And it is a start. A start toward achieving a dream many have had for centuries.

We have an increasingly integrated local-global economy but a volatile mix of political fragmentation and empire building. Our choices are not to reclaim any one national sovereignty, but what kind of world government shall we have? I vote for a transparent, democratic one. What it looks like and how it shall function we can work that out later. For now, let's get this grass roots global referendum going across Planet Earth.
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Rescue Plan for Planet Earth is a triumph. It belongs in a class with Thomas Paine's "Common Sense."

Just as Paine was a commoner who dared to advocate independence from British rule for the United States of America, Stark is a commoner who dares to advocate the creation of a democratic world government through a grassroots initiated global referendum.

The book provides a compelling argument for creating an effective structure for global governance, as well as a detailed description of how to make it happen. Stark affirms the principle of "subsidiarity" which means that "all issues should be resolved by the smallest appropriate political unit." So, national governments will continue to deal with national level issues, on down to municipal governments dealing with local issues. A democratic world government would best be able to deal with issues such as weapons proliferation and disarmament, and global climate change.

Stark qualifies many of his ideas as "proposals," and there are any number of ways some of his proposals could be challenged. For instance, in order to guarantee some measure of transparency and corruption-proofing of the directly elected world parliament, members of this parliament and other top level officials would have "recorded lives." This means that every word uttered and action taken by these individuals during working hours would be recorded and published.

A technical solution to the problem of concentrating power into the hands of a relatively small number of people may or may not work. Other proposals and gaps in the rescue plan will be challenged as well.

That is as it should be. The American Revolution was not completed by the publication of "Common Sense.
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Rescue Plan for Planet Earth

This wonderful book got me thinking about the future of humans on this earth. Could we - to paraphrase Buckminster Fuller - become a failed experiment in Universe? Or being the eternal optimist that I am - could we really address global problems such as human rights, ecology, just resources use, and the biggie - war between nation-states and terrorist acts of all kinds. The fear of this new level of political thinking is best described by a friend's statement to me some time ago...

"Remember, the United States government and world government are mutually exclusive. You can't have them both at the same time. If you are working for the latter, you are trying to destroy the former."

The above is not true, in my opinion. There is a principle in politics called subsidiarity - meaning that a political issue needs to be addressed at the lowest political unit relevant to the issue. National governments will not disappear when the democratic world parliament/government starts to appear, no more than state or provincial governments disappeared when national governments were formed, no more than city governments disappeared when state or provincial governments were formed.

A world government is coming, that's for sure. Some say that the United Nations is our current world government. It is not, however. A government that works best in the long run is a democratic government - which derives its sovereignty from, by and for the people. There is nothing remotely democratic about the current United Nations - with it's veto power of the permanent members of the Security Council. Even member states of the General Assembly are appointed - not elected.
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