Note: The Graduate School of World Problems was founded in 1982 under the authority of the First Provisional World Parliament. It has been run by Dr. Terence Amerasinghe from the Sri Lanka office since that time. Recently it has merged with the newly formed Institute On World Problems to more effectively continue the study of world problems in the light of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth. The motto of the Graduate School and the Institute is "Building Leadership Skills for the Earth Federation." The following is the syllabus for my segment of the GSWP Seminar held in Takoradi, Ghana in May 2002.
Graduate School of World Problems Seminar:
World Economics Today, and the Role of World Government in the Transformation toward Global Prosperity
Glen T. Martin, Ph.D. Fax: 1-540-831-5919
Graduate School of World Problems Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor of Philosophy, Box 6943, Radford University, Radford, VA 24142 USA
(Note: This syllabus is the component of the May 2002 seminar in Takoradi, Ghana taught by Glen T. Martin. Each of the four faculty, including Dr. Terence Amerasinghe, Ms. Eugenia Almand, and Dr. Dominique Balouki, taught a separate segment of the seminar on the Earth Constitution, the history of the movement, sustainable agriculture, and other global issues. The syllabus below covered the five full days of the seminar for which I was responsible.)
General Learning Goals: Knowledge of the general features of the Modern World System since the 16th Century. General knowledge of the current Neo-liberal economic system and the dynamics of capitalism in general. Understanding of the dynamics of democracy in relation to global economics. Understanding the relevant features of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth for economic transformation. Understanding the dynamics of an alternative economic system predicated on planetary democracy and sustainable development.
Basis of Evaluations: Evaluations will be based on participation in discussions, short written papers assigned on each day’s work, short answer quizzes, in which single paragraphs may suffice as answers, and upon the comprehension and strength of the student project plan. Evaluations will also be in consultation with other faculty concerning the general evaluation requirements for the seminar as a whole.
Day One: Our human situation at the dawn of the 21st century
A. Introduction: the human and cosmic story from the very beginning. The evolution of the universe and human beings within it to the present emergence of world government. The paradigm shift in 20th century science. Planetary crises that we face today.
B. The Modern World: its history and structure from the 16th century to the present. World Systems Theory: cycles of hegemony and economic domination. The history of US interventions, the war on terrorism, and global empire. The two structural components of the "modern" world system: global capitalism and the system of sovereign nation-states.
Videos: Isle of Flowers (11 minutes).
SOA – Guns and Greed (20 minutes)
Handouts: "The Cosmic Framework for World Government Provided by Science"
"Summary of Global Problems and Crises"
"Karl Marx - Ethical Principles"
John Galtung, "A Structural Theory of Imperialism"
Vandana Shiva, "Piracy through Patents: the Second Coming of Columbus"
Glen T. Martin, "The Brutal American Empire and the Great Lie"
Overnight assignments: Walter Bello, "Structural Adjustment Programs"
Michael Chossudovsky, "The Globalization of Poverty: Introduction"
Day Two: Contemporary global economics
A. The nexus of global crises and world economics. Destruction of the environment, poverty and misery, population explosion, militarism, repression and human rights abuses, disintegration of communities, ethnic and religious violence.
B. Basic concepts of contemporary global economics: IMF, World Bank, WTO, GATT, globalization, export economics, free trade, structural adjustment, debt rescheduling, privatization, central bank management, governmental deregulation, prohibiting "import substitution."
Videos: The Global Banquet: Politics of Food -- Part One: Whose Invited? (25 minutes)
The Global Banquet: Politics of Food – Part Two: What’s on the Menu? (25 minutes)
Overnight Assignments: Glen Martin, "Three Stages in the Dialectical Realization of Democracy"; WCPA, "Immediate Economic Benefits of World Government"
Day Three: The Constitution for the Federation of Earth and a new global economic order
A. World democracy and economics: economic transformation under world government. Availability of money, supply and demand, a system of plenty, world-wide economic development, world-wide employment, the question of wealth and the elimination of poverty. The myth of prior capital accumulation for making loans. The true basis of capital and wealth. The Earth Financial Rescue Administration. The basis for a new economics in the Earth Constitution. Initial financing of world government.
B. The dialectical realization of democracy. What is democracy? What are its basic necessary components? What are the anti-democratic features of today’s global economic and state systems? How can democracy be realized on earth?
Videos: Banking on Life and Debt (31 minutes)
Video: Arms for the Poor (25 minutes)
Handout: World Military Expenditures
Overnight Assignments: JW Smith, "Pushing Neoliberal Economics off the Table"
David C. Korton, "The Ecological Revolution: Principles for a New Economic Order"
Day Four: The principles of sustainable development and economic justice
A. JW Smith: principles of sustainable world development. Critique of Neoliberal dogma, the distortion of Adam Smith’s philosophy, and restructuring for genuine sustainable development.
B. David C. Korton: six principles of ecological economics and four principles of human interest. The basic differences between present economic assumptions and those of ecological economics and sustainable development.
Overnight assignment: Herman C. Daly, "Beyond Growth: Moving to a Steady-state Economy"
Day Five: Summing up our course and planning for the future
A. Herman C. Daly: sustainable development verus economic growth. The three limits: finitude, entropy, and interdependence. Biophysical limits to growth. Ecosocial limits to growth. Money fetishism and the paper economy. The criteria for measuring real prosperity.
B. Overview and synthesis: where do we go from here? The many nonviolent ways to work for fundamental change. Creative possibilities for the Earth Federation, the World Constitution and Parliament Association, and the Institute On World Problems.