and Ultimate Democracy
The only way to wrest the future of our planet from control by the 2%,
who now own 50% of its wealth and whose greed and lust for power are stealing the future from us and our children, is through planetary democracy under a global social contract. And the only way to wrest the future of our planet from the militarized sovereign nation-states in insane economic and military rivalry with one another is also through planetary democracy. Real democracy for the Earth involves a paradigm shift from fragmentation to holism: from some 193 fragmented social contracts to a global social contract. That is what the Earth is in the middle of right now, but whether it can happen rapidly enough to save a decent future for our children is very much an open question.
Contrary to popular (largely naive) progressive opinion,
democracy cannot flourish at the micro level unless it simultaneously exists at the macro (planetary) level. For democracy at the micro level will always become victim to external forces (big capital, imperial nations, terror organizations, external corruption, etc.) that will compromise the local level, dictating militarization, security-oriented 'secret' government, or excessive police empowerment, all of which corrupt and ultimately defeat democracy.
Ultimately, if the people of Earth want a future for themselves and their children,
they will have to take control of the planet democratically (as the vast majority) and ratify an Earth Constitution that represents the common good of the overwhelming majority, not the self-interests of the few. The Constitution for the Federation of Earth already gives us a blueprint for an effective planetary democracy capable of dealing with the multiple global crises we are facing in a holistic and timely manner. A social contact is the agreement to live by the rule of democratically legislated laws. This Constitution is our global social contract. Ever since the development of modern weapons of mass destruction and missiles of supersonic speeds, the only viable social contract has been global ̶̶- a planetary agreement to live under the rule of democratically legislated, enforceable laws, not the rule of wars, violence, and death.
This emphasis on ultimate democracy by no means excludes the fact that
a few highly intelligent and ethical persons who now control power or wealth can help in this process. Indeed, it may be essential that a few persons of integrity defect, so to speak, from their class and power interests and support the foundation of a new democratic paradigm for humankind and a new world system holistically and ethically conceived, no longer established on unaccountable wealth and power.
Only human voting by the majority can ratify the Earth Constitution,
but persons of exceptional character who now possess wealth and power can clearly help in the process. The World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) that sponsors the Earth Constitution understands the necessity of this two pronged approach. We need the support of a few exceptional persons and we need broad support of the people of Earth.
We are passing ecological, nuclear, and other points of no return
so rapidly that there really is no other practical option for creating a decent future for our children. We must join together, in joy, hope, and solidarity, and make sure the ratification takes place in the reasonably near future. Not only do our children's lives depend on this, our moral and intellectual integrity as human beings also demands this intelligent, practical, and effective course of action.
Let us think, breathe, and live ultimate democracy and a global social contract.
For there will either be a future of ultimate democracy, or there will be no future. The choice is ours, and it must be made now!
To achieve ultimate democracy we must understand and overcome three major problems facing humankind.
Since at least the 18th century, “everyone” has come more and more to mean everyone on the planet. All human beings have the right to flourish in freedom, peace, and dignity, not just citizens of the United States or any other country. If the U.S. adopts Wolff’s solution and becomes a worker-run economic democracy, what about military defense of the country? If this is still necessary, then the worker’s democracy will not work since the government will need secrecy, national security, and most resources drained away from the citizens into vast military systems. What about weapons of mass destruction continually developed by rival countries like Russia or China? It immediately becomes clear that democracy cannot work in the U.S. unless these problems are addressed through world democracy.
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