World Union: More Important Now Than Ever

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

The Virtue of Being Impractical

The Virtue of Being Impractical

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By Byron Belitsos

World federalists very often hear how impractical we are. The “realists” shout “Impossible!” when we propose a world under enforceable law. (As if a world in anarchy is practical.) “It’s too utopian!” they exclaim, when we advocate the abolition of war. They say “Infeasible!” when we call for a new United Nations charter. After so much pushback from these so-called pragmatists, we federalists deserve some consolation and moral support—and a recent article entitled “In Praise of Impractical Movements” supplies it. First published at TomDispatch.com, this essay by Mark Engler and Paul Engler demonstrates that once-impractical movements can and do become reality. The examples they cite range widely, from civil rights, to gay marriage, to the overthrow of dictators, or to the rise of a democratic socialist candidate for President in the United States. Read this piece and be proud to be a member of one of the most impractical movements ever conceived.


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.

Bahá’ís Teach World Federation

Bahá’ís Teach World Federation

Sovaida Maani EwingThe educational branch of the Bahá’í faith now offers an online course entitled “Building a World Federation.” The course is taught by Sovaida Maani Ewing, a Bahai who is an international lawyer and the author of Building a World Federation: The Key to Resolving Our Global Crises. The Bahá’í religion, which took origin from within Islam in the nineteenth century, has always promoted progressive social change on a global level, including gender and race equality, universal human rights, and democratic world government. In this video, Sovaida’s presentation begins at 3:12.

 


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.


 

Top One Percent Owns Half of All Global Wealth

Top One Percent Owns Half of All Global Wealth

Top 1% imageIn the absence of a world federation that could quickly address redistribution of wealth, worldwide inequality continues its upward march: The top one percent of households now “account for half of all assets in the world,” according to the 2015 Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report. This is a level “possibly not seen for almost a century,” the researchers write. For those on the other end of the wealth spectrum, the numbers are reversed. The poorest half of the world’s population owns just one percent of its assets. In 2015, a household net worth of $759,000 will put you in the ranks of the global one-percenters. The cutoff for the top 10 percent stood at $68,800. Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing income inequality news articles from reliable major media sources.


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.


The Fatal Flaws of the Paris Climate Conference

The Fatal Flaws of the Paris Climate Conference

Paris Climate Conference

By Lawrence Wollersheim

 

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change (or COP21) has just concluded in Paris. This historic conference represented a valiant effort by world leaders to tackle humankind’s most daunting problem from within the limits of a dysfunctional system of global governance. Tragically, the conference was doomed to fail for many reasons, even though the final agreement is in certain ways unprecedented. One of the most obvious and important of these reasons is the absence of enforceable global law–the lack of a world federal government that can verify and enforce global warming carbon and methane reduction targets. As the global compact now completed in Paris is structured, (1) each nation has agreed to its own set of voluntary emission-reduction goals, and (2) developed nations have pledged to help developing nations fund these reductions. Some accountability mechanisms are built into the compact, but of course, none of the commitments are legally binding on the parties. Further, this debilitating problem is not the only issue with this conference–it’s only one of five fatal flaws facing this effort which I detail in a comprehensive research article at my site, Job One for Humanity. We as world federalists know the great truth that our work is crucial to the future of our planet. The failure of COP21 highlights and also underscores this “inconvenient” truth as we now go on to watch the almost futile efforts at emissions-reduction in the aftermath of this meeting: In effect, the countries of the world will be struggling to handle a common global crisis, which as separate nations they are completely incapable of solving. The irony is that, other than an extinction-level event like an asteroid heading towards the earth, or an attack by technically superior aliens, no other exterior common threat is available to unite us. Escalating global warming and its consequent irreversible climate destabilization is a serious and dire threat. I believe this predicament alone offers humanity the motivation that is needed for creating a real global government.


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.