World Union: More Important Now Than Ever

Dear World Citizen,

The tumultuous lead-up to our Presidential election has so consumed the nation that little attention has been paid to anything else.  Unfortunately, now that the election is over, it looks like the aftermath may be just as captivating.  Nevertheless, our global problems rage on: the earth continues to warm at an alarming rate, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to boil, ISIS and the Sunni-Shiite War continues to claim lives, the threat of “loose nukes” and possibly even a “limited” nuclear war continues to increase, mass migration due to global violence and social injustice goes on unchecked, cyber criminals and terrorists get more sophisticated by the day, and pandemics such as Ebola and Zika continue to threaten our populations.  For all these reasons and more, we, the people of the world, need to find a better way to govern ourselves.

Of all the ways seriously considered, the creation of a World Federation, with a democratically elected World Parliament, World Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Judiciary system, holds to greatest hope of insuring peace, security, freedom, social justice, and environmental sustainability. Many prominent thinkers and leaders such as Einstein and Gandhi supported this great vision.  In the age of the internet and electronic communication, it is now possible for a small group of activists to get a new idea out to the world with amazing speed and efficiency. The idea of a Democratic World Federation is unknown to most people, and we are dedicated to educating the public and politicians as to its benefits.

Democratic World Federalists is part of a world-wide network of organizations that are working to bring about this change to our global governance structure.  Our website, newsletter, events and public presentations are designed to inform the public and build support, but we need your help. In 2017, we will become a membership organization, and we welcome you to join us.  For as little as $50/year ($25 for students and seniors), you become a Global Citizen member; $100+/year, you become a World Activist member; and for $250+/year you become a World Ambassador member. We offer thank you gifts for each level of membership.

You can become a member by making an online payment through our website at www.dwfed.org. All donations above $50 (or $25 for students and seniors) given between now and the end of 2016 will be credited toward your 2017 membership.

We urge you to become a member of the Democratic World Federalists so that we can work together to achieve a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.  As we approach #GivingTuesday, we are raising the funds for our next year of operation.  Although we are primarily a volunteer-based organization, we have modest operating expenses:   

  • A $100 donation will allow us to host informational tables at 2 Bay Area festivals;
  • A $250 donation will purchase a projector so that we can host informational presentations with larger groups of people;
  • A $500 donation will help us update and reprint our informational pamphlets;
  • And, a $1000 donation will purchase a new office computer.

Whether or not you become a member, we are grateful for your support. Your contribution will help build the kind of movement necessary to bring this vital message to the public. 

For a Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World,

 

Bob Flax, Ph.D.
President

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Pope Francis: “One World with a Common Plan”

Pope Francis

Byron Belitsos
Managing Editor 

It’s been said that only a logical and fearless mind has the courage to follow the truth to wherever it may lead. Indeed, such courageous thinking has led many of us to embrace a rather uncomfortable truth: that urgent global problems will never be solved unless our planet’s governance gets a radical institutional overhaul. And now, this very logic—the deep thinking that makes us advocates of democratic world government—seems to have moved the likes of Pope Francis. In his much heralded June 17 Encyclical, “Praise Be,” Francis declares that a “true world political authority” is needed to handle climate change and other urgent environmental threats. Here are some pertinent passages:

“Recent World Summits on the environment have not lived up to expectations because, due to lack of political will, they were unable to reach truly meaningful and effective global agreements on the environment . . . there is urgent need of a true world political authority, as my predecessor Blessed John XXIII indicated some years ago. . . [Our interdependence] obliges us to think of one world with a common plan.”

At a minimum, these statements lend additional moral authority to our call for a world federal government. One right-wing commentary on the Encyclical that appeared on Fox News put it this way: “If he means moral authority, then he’s entitled to that. But if he means coercive authority, then I don’t know what he’s talking about. Is he talking about the UN? Is he talking about some super government? Now he’s really, really off the beaten path.” And indeed, like us, Francis has departed from the beaten path; he, like us, embraces the inconvenient logic that points to the need for a true global authority. And if he continues to follow the logic and the moral import of this idea even further down this rocky path, we are confident that he would also courageously embrace that which can make such a planetary authority fair and functional: for it must be constitutional, democratic, federal, and embrace a “common plan” that truly represents the inherent sovereignty of the world’s people.


NOTE: The Democratic World Federalists are committed to expressing a wide range of views on the vision of creating a peaceful, just, and sustainable world through a democratic World Federation. The views expressed in this article represents that commitment and not necessarily our official position.

 

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World Trade Deals Undermine World Democracy

We the CorporationsByron Belitsos
Managing Editor

A world constitution would provide for a bill of rights for world citizens; constitutionally defined rights for member states; and democratically legislated regulations that would cover such matters as world trade. It would make sure such rules would be interpreted by independent world federal courts. Contrast the wisdom of that approach with so-called free-trade treaties Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). These treaties create a separate global judicial system that is exclusively for the use of corporations based on rules written in relative secrecy by elites operating on behalf of the world’s largest corporations. So, how is it that world affairs have evolved so far away from the prospect of a true world democracy that—as contemplated under the TTIP proposal, for example—corporations across the EU and U.S. would be allowed to sue governments before a tribunal of corporate lawyers? They would be able to challenge the laws they don’t like, and seek massive compensation—from taxpayers—if these are deemed to affect their “future anticipated profits.” The TPP was covertly negotiated by unelected officials and corporate leaders from twelve Pacific Rim nations, but our own Congress was denied access to its deliberations. The critics of these proposed treaties abound, but one writer, independent historian Eric Zuesse, connects more dots than others in a lengthly and speculative essay, posing the issue ultimately as a battle between the quest for a democratic world government and what he calls “an international mega-corporate dictatorship.” And, quite recently, even the UN has called for the suspension of the TTIP talks. Alfred de Zayas, a UN human rights campaigner and the UN’s special rapporteur on promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, recently stated: “We don’t want a dystopian future in which corporations and not democratically elected governments call the shots. We don’t want an international order akin to post-democracy or post-law.” A democratic world constitution would enshrine the entire world’s people as the sovereigns, rather than any one subset or portion of the people; it would specifically outlaw and inhibit any possibility of rule by international corporations or some global faction bent on world dictatorship. And this may be just what these new trade deals are pointing toward.


NOTE: The Democratic World Federalists are committed to expressing a wide range of views on the vision of creating a peaceful, just, and sustainable world through a democratic World Federation. The views expressed in this article represents that commitment and not necessarily our official position.

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