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Rescue Plan for Planet Earth: Democratic World Government through a Global Referendum Paperback – September 5, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Great title, chock full of excellent quotes - it is a major contribution toward evolving a vision of how humanity can survive on planet Earth. Read morePublished on August 15, 2010 by Arthur Kanegis