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Socialism and Democratic World Law Will Promote the Self-Actualization of Everyone

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Socialism and Democratic World Law Will Promote the Self-Actualization of Everyone

Professor Glen T. Martin is the President of the World Constitution and Parliament Association, which is the organization that drafted the Earth Constitution, which is an excellent model for implementing democratic world law that must be enforced. In an article entitled "Human Rights and Our Global Social Contract," Glen T. Martin stated, "The mid-20th century produced globally-recognized declarations of human rights that included both political and economic-social rights, epitomized, for example, by the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights." Later in the article, he states, "If the 18th century political rights can be termed 'first generation rights,' and 19th century economic and social rights can be termed 'second generation rights,' then the 20th century can be said to be the birthplace of our 'third generation' rights to peace and to a healthy planetary environment."

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In an article entitled "World Order and the Rule of Law: From Disorder, No Order Can Emerge," Glen T. Martin states, "The system of so-called sovereign nations (interfaced with their multinational corporations) is really a fragmented system of disorder." On page 4 he states, "Because there is no democratically legislated enforceable law for our planet itself (divided as it is into some 193 sovereign entities recognizing no effective law above themselves and little individual accountability for agreements and treaties) there is also no moral dimension of reasoned order that obtains at the global level, only chaos, fragmentation, and naked power relationships." He also states, "Abstract ideals, like those embodied in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, cannot create a decent world order. These moral principles must be embodied concretely within enforceable world law."

Moreover, Professor Martin in an article entitled "Global Democracy Manifesto: A Critical Appraisal" states, "The well-known 'Global Democracy Manifesto' is vague and idealistic, like the empty Millenium Development Goals of the UN and like the pious and entirely ineffectual Earth Charter. Like the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights--they are all empty idealistic statements that allow for broad affirmation among the destroyers of our planet since they require no concrete actions or fundamental changes in their behavior. If true spirituality means universal love for humanity, the Earth, and the Divine Ground of Being, then spirituality needs to be institutionalized under an Earth Constitutionthat embodies that love. It is not only the spirituality of love, but also the moral values of peace, freedom, justice, and environmental sustainability that must be institutionalized."

Recently I examined a college textbook that a family member will be required to read for a course entitled "Principles of Economics," which deals with microeconomics and macroeconomics. Looking at the index and glossary, I was surprised that there was no mention of terms like "capitalism," "socialism," "Marxism," and the "Labor Theory of Value." Nor did I find anything about "Voluntary Simplicity," which is what our nation needs in consideration of the rest of the world where half of the world's population lives on less than $5.50 a day. Instead, I found in the book a section entitled "Why Does Economic Growth Matter?" If it would require 4 Earths for everyone in the world to have the lifestyle of the average American, we should definitely examine the way we live and see the immorality of having such a huge gap between the rich and the poor. Instead of valuing materialism and conspicuous consumption, it would be better to value psychological self-awareness, an intellectual understanding of history, the expression of loving-kindness, and mindfulness meditation.

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I am reminded of Professor Richard D. Wolff, who some consider the world's most popular Marxist economist, who is also an advocate of workplace democracy. Professor Wolff said in one of his many video lectures on the internet that during the time he attended Ivy League schools to obtain a PH. D. in Economics, he was never required to read any of the original works of Karl Marx. He became a Marxist when he decided to study Marx on his own. Introductory college courses in Economics should inform students, at least in some small way, that there are other economic philosophies and systems that should also be examined. Moreover, we need to study economics not just on the basis of our individual preferences and needs and in terms of the federal budget, but also in terms of the needs of other citizens of the world, and we need to be concerned about the ecological sustainability of the planet.

Currently I am reading the 91-page booklet entitled A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (2017 Edition), which is produced by WorldBeyondWar.org: A Global Movement to End All Wars. At the back of the booklet it provides "A Sampling of other Peace Organizations on the World Wide Web," and in that list of benevolent organizations working for world peace, I am pleased that the World Constitution and Parliament Association is mentioned. On page 28 of the booklet, I found this sentence, "Note that World Beyond War is not proposing a sovereign world government, but rather a web of governing structures voluntarily entered into, and a shift in cultural norms away from violence and domination." This statement seems too weak. A democratic world government with enforced universal laws is the only thing that will make it all work. Moreover, on page 10 the booklet states, "This is a work-in-progress which we invite others to improve." My recommendation and hope is that all the individuals and organizations working for world peace will come to an agreement that the Earth Constitution is our best model for making a better world.

When we start becoming genuinely concerned for the self-actualization of every citizen of the earth, we will create a culture of peace and happiness throughout the world, and the world will no longer need to spend $1.8 trillion dollars a year on the military. Someone said, "Justice is what love looks like in the public sphere." One thing that would help the 21st century become an enlightened age is that our major world religions would focus on more than just individualized spiritual growth. Our major world religions must also encourage the institutionalization of love and spirituality by actively supporting enforceable democratic world law.

Professor Glen T. Martin was the moderator of a debate at Radford University where he teaches on the subject of Is War Ever Justifiable? In that debate, David Swanson, a cofounder of World Beyond War, took the position that war is not justifiable. I am also reminded of an article by Caitlin Johnstone: "Rugged Individualism Cannot Save Us. Only Enlightened Collectivism Can." Furthermore, in another article by Caitlin Johnstone entitled "How to Wake Up," she encourages mindfulness meditation and other spiritual disciplines. Capitalism and many self-help books and groups have focused on individualism, but we also need to focus on collectivism and having a compassionate worldview.

The Earth Constitution was written by hundreds of world citizens and international legal scholars between 1968 and 1991. As stated on its homepage, "The present leadership of the Earth Federation Movement and the World Constitution and Parliament Association will have no control over the kind of laws made by the World Parliament [once it is implemented]. People from every nation and locality around the globe will be members of the World Parliament. It was written to end war, to protect human rights and freedoms, to protect the global environment, to eliminate global poverty, and to give all people of the Earth a decent future."

In the 21st century, we should be very concerned that the wealthiest one percent is also working to create a New World Order that gives them more top-down, undemocratic control over the 99 percent. But if enough people can wake up to get the Earth Constitution universally adopted, the powers of the one percent and the imperialistic inclinations of any nation aspiring to become an empire will be prevented and permanently blocked when a democratic world federal government is established.

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Imagine what the world would be like if the nations of the world were not spending 1.8 trillion dollars a year on weapons and war. Nations could still run their own internal affairs, but they would no longer be allowed to exploit and invade other nations for self-aggrandizement to the detriment of other peoples and countries.

From the two world wars of the 20th century, the United States was not almost totally destroyed as many nations of Europe were, and this enabled the United States to emerge as the world's most powerful nation. Furthermore, many individuals in the United States became wealthy through the institution of slavery, which according to this National Geographic article lasted for 246 years in what became the United States, from 1619 until it officially ended in 1865 with the ratification of the 13th Amendment in 1865.

Our Constitution was implemented in 1789, and we had slavery for 78 years after that. We have had our current constitution for 230 years. Some would say we just need to enforce the constitution we already have, but if we create a new national constitution, we could make it so much better than our current one: We could adopt proportional representation in the election of a unicameral federal legislature, after equally empowering at least the 7 largest national political parties. In fact all national political parties that garner at least 1 percent of the vote could be represented through proportional representation at the Constitutional Convention; this is more democratic than having current federal or state legislators create the new constitution. Moreover, we could make it much easier to pass any amendments to the constitution. Also, the next constitution should have a democratic procedure for it to be legally abolished when that becomes the will of the people.

The United States has used its enormous military and CIA interventions to try to sabotage and destroy any socialist-oriented nation that is considered a threat to US transnational capitalist corporations. It has used our tax dollars to accomplish this--using very immoral, undemocratic, costly, and inhumane tactics. But this behavior, our behavior, has had a pernicious effect on the world. Moreover, as many of our corporations move their facilities to poorer nations, is it fair that one worker gets paid $3 an hour when another worker was getting $30 an hour for doing the same work? To the degree there is a gap between the rich and the poor within nations and among nations, there will be social, economic, political, and personal problems. Egalitarianism, even radical egalitarianism, is needed. Moreover, citizens of the wealthiest nations of the world need to start practicing voluntary simplicity for the sustainability of the Earth, for the betterment of humanity, and for the betterment of themselves.

Laissez-faire capitalism has degenerated into corporate, transnational, casino capitalism, even fascism. Any totalitarian government of the present or past that has considered itself socialist or communist is not worthy of those names because true socialism or communism will always be democratic. Capitalism is based on production for private profit, and it is therefore inconceivable to have a compassionate capitalism. But a compassionate, democratic, egalitarian, and ecological socialism is our best choice if we consider the needs of the world and the Earth.

The challenge before us is to, not only make a psychological shift of consciousness from egotism to altruism, but also make a political shift from valuing nation-state aggrandizement to valuing world betterment and ecologically sustainable practices for the Earth. We are one world, one earth, and one humanity, and it is urgent that we realize this before it is too late.

Under the Earth Constitution, as mentioned above, every nation could still administer its own internal affairs. Some of my recent articles pertaining to this subject are "The Most Democratic Way to Have a Constitutional Convention," "If We Equally Divided the World's Wealth," New Culture, New Constitution, New Everything," and "15 Proposals that Could Make Our Nation and the World a Better Place."

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Daniel, Deep thinking on your part and there's no argument that can stand against your reasoning, experience and hope.

The world you imagine is promise by God. I'm putting my "bets" on what's in the Bible. The Old Testament reveals the history of how humans can't survive and the New Testament promises how they can, on Earth now and forever with Him. I'm not a holy-roller, just a Christian that's lived "worldly life". A good person having sampled all this life offers (except recreational drugs). Now in my 60's and retired from work and play consuming 100% of my time, my wife and I have been participating in church regularly, including Sunday School attendance and alternating in teaching in the past months.

My point is that , for me and my wife, we realized in looking backward in our life and in the Bible, we see the "puzzle " playing out. We recognize our lives as having Gods interaction when we though we were always in charge.

Your previous writing you referred too fit's exactly my current mindset. You are dead on right. The prophecies, those that have happened and those to come have already been written, will solve yours and everyone else's, but on God's time.

Everybody, keep living the best you can, make the "reservation" for Heaven now.

Disclaimer: Going to church regularly was hard at first. I wish we had done it earlier in life.

And yes, this was a testimony if you got this far. Thanks for reading.

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"Laissez-faire capitalism has degenerated into corporate, transnational, casino capitalism, even fascism. Any totalitarian government of the present or past that has considered itself socialist or communist is not worthy of those names because true socialism or communism will always be democratic. Capitalism is based on production for private profit, and it is therefore inconceivable to have a compassionate capitalism. But a compassionate, democratic, egalitarian, and ecological socialism is our best choice if we consider the needs of the world and the Earth." Amen!

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I really like your pov, and agree with your premise. But I must take issue with a few parts of it: most noticeably -to me at least- is the idea that the concepts you mention "must be enforced"

To me this transformation you advocate is a question of education, not imposition. As this current version of the American presidency reaches unprecedented aspirations towards authoritarianism and its enforcement, it seems apparent to me that imposing a value system, no matter how beneficial it might be, is doomed from the outset. Witness the most powerful legislation of my lifetime -the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968. They brought about enormous changes in the fabric of society, but these last few years have equally demonstrated that they failed to provide an educational framework that fundamentally altered human perception. Which is not to say that nothing has changed, but does pose the question of how much more might have happened if these Acts hhad been presented in an educational framework, and not limited primarily to a legistlative one?

Admittedly, some part of that failure is our continued faith in the innate desire of people to collaborate for the good of all.....and the opportunities that do exist in the captalist system, which only makes the economics textbook that caught your eye all the more poignant.

My point is only that enforcing choice violates a key tenant of self-actualization...that for human cultural to evolve along the path you have outlined so clearly, your conclusions must become an integral part of our adults dialog with our future....with our kids.

We must teach our children the potential of being human....or working together with an awarenss of community, rather than ffocusing on individual success through the opprotunity that competitive economics provides.

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Thank you, Bob Anderson, for sharing. I noticed that this is your very first comment shared at OpEdNews. I hope you will keep sharing in the future.

Of course, when I used the word "enforced," I mean that the Earth Constitution "must be enforced" only after it is universally accepted, adopted, and implemented. I think you would agree that some laws must be enforced. If the speed limit is 25 or 15 mph in a school zone, and someone is barrelling along at 45 mph, running a red light at the exact moment the walkers are being released from an elementary school, that that person should get a heavy fine. Sometimes bad laws are made, but we can always try to make them better.

I chose that word "enforced" a few times very reluctantly, but carefully. It is much stronger than "enforceable." That was the whole theme of my article: We have many benevolent anti-war, peace organizations and very inspirational documents such as the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but if we never come together, unite and agree on something such as the Earth Constitution, how effective are we and those documents?

Another thought I have is that some of our best political writers, individuals that readers love to read, almost always express a doom and gloom outlook. I read their articles, and I think "This is so well written." But their articles usually make me feel more anger toward the system. But then I think, "Ok, now what do we do?" As writers and activists, we have to focus more on solutions, rather than just identifying the problem. Moreover, we will be much stronger, convincing, and effective if we can unite and agree on something.


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I think it is only fair that I share the feedback I got from World Beyond War when I informed them of my article, in which I shared my recommendation and hope for World Beyond War.

Dear Roger,

Thank you for sharing your article and constructive feedback. We continue to strengthen our vision of global governance - and we may have a long way yet to go. Please see the latest edition of our book (2018-19 edition ), where you'll find we've added quite a bit more to this dimension of our global security framework.

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After writing this article about the Earth Constitution, I also emailed Glen T. Martin and shared a link to this article. Since I quoted him frequently, I expressed my concern, saying that I hope I was accurate and fair about the Earth Constitution and his articles about it.

Dear Roger Copple,

Thanks so much for sending the link to this excellent article. You put so many things together well to create a powerful picture of where we should be going and what we should be doing if we want a decent future at all on this planet. A great article. Yes, you quote and interpret from some of my articles very well. I will place the link on some websites and a copied a few people on this email.

With blessings and warm wishes,

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Author, Global Democracy and Human Self-Transcendence, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018

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