RE: [WorldCitizen] Re: Militia State
Gary I tend to agree!
However I think it is unlikely a world democracy could ever be achieved anymore through revolution without excessive loss of life and even destruction of the earth itself. One nation would surely use the bomb rather than give up.
The only reasonable method for bringing this about is gradually through educating the masses. It would no doubt start with the less powerful developing countries willing to band together in unity and the powerful first world nations would be the last to give in to it.
I remember President Bush in his speech prior to the Iraq war, when the UN had advised to wait for further negotiations, Bush said "I refuse to allow a bunch of third world nations to dictate American Policy". We thumbed our noses at the United Nations and did as we pleased anyway.
In reality, the United Nations wields very little power and for years the more powerful nations like China, The Former Soviet Union, The UK and USA, simply Ignored her and proceeded with their own agenda. Of first world nations, it seems like Canada and Australia have the most common sense.
(the other Andrew)
--- On Thu, 5/19/11, Gary Shepherd <gshepher@...> wrote:
From: Gary Shepherd <gshepher@...>
Subject: RE: [WorldCitizen] Re: Militia State
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 9:47 AM
The difficulty is that nation states are expected to have a military – not only is it the norm, but for many people it is the definition of a nation-state. After all, isn’t the chief difference between the government of New York City and the government of Singapore (both of the primarily cities) is that Singapore is considered a sovereign nation capable of fielding an army, while New York City is not?
I remain convince that the only way to get rid of wars and the militaries that fight them is to first get rid of the nation-states themselves.
World Peace and Unity,
Gary K. Shepherd
Editor, United World Magazine
- Quote:That's a good idea!But it's not necessary for different
ethnic,racial and cultural groups to represent the World Government.
I believe that different ethnic,racial and cultural groups should
have a say in determining humankind's destiny either through public
opinion,universal suffrage or serving in public office.
Quote:(H)ow could such an Earth Citizens Movement convince large
numbers of people to engage in massive border crossings,knowing that
they would be arrested?
For decades,people have risked being arrested(or worse)for
social/political causes.Civil rights workers have endured being
arrested,attacked by police dogs,sprayed with fire hoses and beaten
with nigthsticks in their protests against racial segregation in the
Southern United States,during the mid-fifties and the early
sixties.There were those who have sacrificed their lives for the Civil
Rights movement.Activists such as Medger Evers,James Earl
Chaney,Michael Schwerner and Martin Luther King.If the cause is worth
it,people will place their fortunes,their reputations and even their
lives at risk,to see that the objectives of that cause are
realized.And,I believe that peace through global unification is such a
Quote:What methods of promotion could be used to turn out"a
million"Earth Citizens in major cities,and how would they be
Through the usual methods of communication such as word of
mouth,newspaper and television advertisements and digital
networking,which I've mentioned earlier.But,the problem is that a
great deal of the mass media is owned by corporations.The ECM can
publish its own newsletters and magazines.The Earth Citizens Movement
can put out a glossy newsstand magazine to reach the general
public.The ECM can also broadcast its own TV programs on public access
networks.Even though,I have no experience in organizing protest
marches,I would suggest that everyone study the Occupy Wall Street
movement,which have started in New York City's financial district,and
later spread through cities such as Washington D.C.,Los
Francisco,Philidelphia and Denver.A small group of dedicated people
can grow into a vast,grassroots popular movement.
Quote:On top of the strategies mentioned before,I would like to add
the importance of gaining support in the religious world.
I regret,that this one group that I've accidently left
out.My bad.Many religious believers have worked as volunteers in
various humanitarian NGOs to help people in need.Religious
denominations such as the Unitarian-Universalists and the Baha'i Faith
have supported the concept of global unification.Non-believers such as
Secular Humanists,Agnostics and Atheists should be allowed to
participate in ECM activities.After all,both religious and
non-religious people share the same planetary habitat.Another group
I've accidently left out is women.Female ECM activists should serve
equally in every capacity,even in leadership roles.They should do more
than just type letters,and serve coffee and cake.
I would like to add a couple of more strategies the ECM can
try.The ECM can get involved in local politics,by supporting
candidates for community councils and local school boards,while
working its way up to national elections.ECM student chapters can
petition their schools to include courses for global government
studies.Unifying the human race will not happen overnight.It will
probably take years,decades or perhaps another century.The ECM will
have to keep chipping away at the foundation of the nation-state
system,until it collapse and replaced by a democratic United Earth
government.The people of Earth must release themselves from their
nation-state straitjackets,and adopt a planetary identity that
encompasses all of humanity and the entire planet.
On 8/19/11, world123citizen456 <roy.hendriks1@...> wrote:
> Hey Gary!
> What could be done to create such an ECM is to work on establishing it
> within an existing organization like the World Federalist Movement. In the
> publications in the World Federalist Debate it clearly comes forward that
> the WFM is striving for world federalism on various fronts at the same time.
> They support further integration of the EU (which could become a great
> example for the rest of the world -- if they decide to continue to integrate
> in this extremely crucial moment in time) as well as other regional Unions,
> they strive for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly from the highest
> level to the lowest levels, they are widely represented in governments in
> Europe and to a lesser extend in the world, and they acknowledge that civil
> society is where the battle is won or lost. Therefore, if the WSA would
> choose to join the WFM, it could propose some serious initiatives to create
> such an ECM. And, since many members of the WFM are already engaged in
> either politics or civil society movements, such an ECM would already have a
> large foundation to build upon.
> Furthermore, what such a movement would need is a face, or several faces.
> Once established and running, it should have a clearcut strategy, but most
> importantly, someone is needed who can truly appeal to the common sense of
> humanity. A new Martin Luther King or Gandhi will not arise overnight, but
> never say never.
> On top of the strategies mentioned before, I would like to add the
> importance of gaining support in the religious world. Most world religions
> stand for a harmonic humanity (although mostly not expressed in such a way)
> and 90% of the world's population could be reached through religion.
> Therefore a crucial point of the agenda of an ECM should be to get religious
> leaders involved.
> I would be very happy to work for an ECM! But at the moment, there is just
> not enough coordination between the different movements striving for the
> same thing and not nearly enough coordination for civil society. It is time
> to get united on this one -- not just us, but all the other movements out
> there as well.
> Best to all,
> Roy Hendriks
> The Voice of World Citizens
> --- In WorldCitizen@yahoogroups.com, "Gary Shepherd" <gshepher@...> wrote:
>> Yes, such an ECM is exactly what is needed. Yet other people have
>> proposed this idea before, and it went nowhere. Do you have a suggestion
>> about what was missing, and what we could do differently?
>> World Peace and Unity,
>> From: WorldCitizen@yahoogroups.com [mailto:WorldCitizen@yahoogroups.com]
>> On Behalf Of Daniel Branch
>> Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2011 2:33 PM
>> To: WorldCitizen@yahoogroups.com
>> Subject: Re: [WorldCitizen] Re: Militia State (and Non-violent
>> Quote:What's needed,as far-fetched as it seems,is that the people of
>> various nations would exert their influence,do much of it
>> themselves(ourselves)and force our governments to go along.
>> Quote:If the governments will not go along with the people,then the
>> people need to form new governments that will.
>> "I think that people want peace so much,that one of these days
>> government had better get out of their way and let them have it."
>> -Dwight D.Eisenhower
>> The people of Earth will have to push their governments
>> towards global unification.The nation-state system have outlived its
>> usefulness.We need new democratic global structures that will solve
>> our transnational/planetary problems.But,how do we get there from
>> here?One suggestion would be is to create a grassroots Earth Citizens
>> Movement,which will be an umbrella coalition of various world
>> federalist,mundialist and world citizen organizations.The Earth
>> Citizens Movement will act as a catalyst for peaceful global change.It
>> will educate,organize and mobilize the general population towards the
>> establishment of a democratic United Earth.It will form alliances with
>> pacifists,environmentalists,human rights activists,anti-poverty
>> advocates and other global-minded groups and individuals.The Earth
>> Citizens Movement will use civil dissent and civil disobediance to
>> expose the failures of the nation-state system,and champion the cause
>> for a United Earth.It will circulate petitions and organize peaceful
>> protests.It will make extensive use of the mass media such as
>> print,audio,motion picture,television and the Internet to get its
>> message across.The Earth Citizens Movement will get involved in
>> electoral politics.It will support political parties and candidates
>> who are sympathetic to their cause,or choose candidates from the ECM
>> rank and file to run for public office.The Earth Citizens Movement
>> must recruit young people to its cause,due to the fact that young
>> people are easily impressionable and are acceptable to new ideas.These
>> young volunteers will serve as ECM's frontline troops.They will
>> organize student chapters in various high schools and colleges,collect
>> signatures on petitions,distribute ECM literature,stage peaceful
>> demonstrations,conduct fund raising campaigns and serve in any
>> capacity that will help the Earth Citizens Movement realize its
>> goals.These young activists will be the future generation of Earth
>> citizens,who will be responsible for engineering a new planetary
>> P.S.-Even though I'm for peaceful global change,I've realized that
>> there are autocratic regimes that are not succeptable to the peaceful
>> methods that I've just described.Should violent revolutionary action
>> be uesd to overthrow such regimes.Should the Earth Citizens Movement
>> support such actions?What's everyone's opinion on this subject?
>> On 7/8/11, Gary Shepherd <gshepher@...
>> <mailto:gshepher%40lib.siu.edu> > wrote:
>> > Hi
>> > I don't think there's anything far-fetched about the people directly
>> > assuming control of their own destiny. If the governments will not go
>> > along with the people, then the people need to form new governments
>> > will. No government can survive, no matter how repressive it measures,
>> > no matter how powerful it may be, no matter what instruments of
>> > it has available, if it loses its legitimacy in the eyes of its
>> > Every single government that exists in the world today was created by
>> > human beings, and human beings have the power to unmake those
>> > governments as well.
>> > Yet ultimately, we are talking about much more than merely a
>> > Just as there is more to a city than a city hall, there is much more
>> > the united world commonwealth than simply a democratic world
>> > It is the creation of that commonwealth of humanity, the Republic of
>> > Earth, in which all human beings are free and equal citizens, that is
>> > our real overriding goal. Until we have attained true Unification,
>> > the idea the idea of "all men (as in human beings) are created equal"
>> > will never be fully realized.
>> > World Peace and Unity,
>> > Gary
>> > From: WorldCitizen@yahoogroups.com
>> <mailto:WorldCitizen%40yahoogroups.com> ]
>> > On Behalf Of JohnF
>> > Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2011 12:24 AM
>> > To: WorldCitizen@yahoogroups.com
>> > Subject: [WorldCitizen] Re: Militia State (and Non-violent Revolution)
>> >>... I do not think it is possible to super-impose a
>> >>federal structure on the sovereign nation-states as
>> >>they exist today.
>> >> Either you would have to create a federal government
>> >>with enormous powers to allow it to overrule the
>> >>actions of the national governments; or you would have
>> >>to so alter the national governments that they would
>> >>no longer be recognizable as national governments.
>> > More a combination of the two, it might seem.
>> > The nations would have to vote to ratify it, at which point the powers
>> > granted to the federal government would enter into force.
>> > The governements of the nations won't do this: they've been stalling
>> > off since before the first world war, and there's no reason to suppose
>> > they would seek to draft a world constitution that would strip them of
>> > the powers they've enjoyed, unrestrained by world law.
>> > What's needed, as far-fetched as it seems, is that the people of the
>> > various nations would exert their influence, do much of it themselves
>> > (ourselves) and force our governments to go along.
>> > As Frederick Douglas said, "Power concedes nothing without a demand.
>> > never has and it never will"
>> > There's much argument that for instance, the US constitution wasn't
>> > initiated at the behest of the people, but was written by the elites,
>> > with themselves in control. We see how soon after they took control
>> > abused it: 3 years after the constitution entered force, a federalized
>> > militia army put down a revolt against an illegal and unfair taxation
>> > scheme.
>> > Every reason to suspect that any future such thing would also be done
>> > benefit the powers.
>> > One thing we can be sure of, if we don't control the influence of
>> > special interests and monetary policy makers (non-elected,
>> > non-governmental, but with powers over nations and the civiliation, a
>> > cabal of, by, and for the big financial interests)
>> > If we can gain control, we can win. If we don't, we're screwed into
>> > another few centuries of being led around like sheep with rings in our
>> > noses, from war to recession, etc (I don't accept these things as
>> > accidental. They're too lucrative. call it my pet nasty conspiracy
>> > theory).
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