Alternatives to the Current System

How might the people of our world work with one another to govern ourselves more effectively on a global level? Are there alternatives to current practices that result in war, extreme poverty, and the unchecked power and influence of wealthy transnational corporations?

In the United States, we elect city councils, state legislatures, and Congress to address local, state, and national issues respectively. Yet for global policies that affect every person on the planet--climate security, human rights, nuclear proliferation--where are the policy makers with the legitimate authority to represent our views and concerns?

The Federalist Proposal

Following the horrors of World War II an important issue was how to prevent World War III, a war that would probably result in nuclear annihilation.  Some of those discussions gave birth to the United Nations, but there was another proposal on the world stage advanced by world leaders such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, and Bertrand Russell.  These thinkers felt that while the UN may do much good, its basic structure would not lead to the elimination of “the scourge of war.”  Since the signing of the UN Charter more than 70 years ago, we have witnessed over 250 wars and continuing arms races.  It seems that the visionaries were correct.

Rather than the current UN with its system of unenforceable treaties, Security Council vetoes, and voluntary participation in judicial procedures, their idea was to create a global federal government with a constitution and bill of rights, a democratically elected parliament and judicial system, and the other tools necessary to replace “the law of force with the force of law.”  In recent decades, new global challenges have emerged, such as terrorism, mass migration, climate change, pandemics, growing poverty and income inequality.  We believe that these issues can also be best resolved by a world federation.

Global Democracy and Governance

The creation of a UN Parliamentary Network or Assembly would allow citizens a chance to have their voices represented in global debates. It would spur greater transparency, provide accountability, and gather diverse opinions needed to effectively address global concerns that transcend national borders.

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Embracing a United Federation of Nations

World federalism is interdependence and subsidiarity and is used to improve economic integration, global justice and collective security efforts that affect not only governments but individual citizens. The International Criminal Court and the European Parliament are examples of contemporary global federalist structures.

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