We cannot reverse totalitarianism within the U.S. by ignoring the rest of the world and the structural elements that breed the totalitarian attitude. We should be studying and discussing the Earth Constitution on a daily basis if we are serious about democracy. Not only our future, but the future of our planet and its two billion children, depends on our willingness to think globally about democracy. The Earth Constitution is by far the most promising and realistic option that we have before us. Democracy and human rights are inherently universal. They are not for a privileged few among a fragmented system of sovereign nation-states. Everyone deserves authentic democracy. Everyone deserves to live with freedom and dignity under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.
(Dr. Glen T. Martin is professor of philosophy and chair of the Peace Studies program at Radford University in Virginia. A recipient of the GUSI International Peace prize, his website is www.radford.edu/gmartin.)