Foundation Policy 2005
Foundation will create national political parties to compete with their national parent parties for popular national support, based on the promise that upon election victory, all of the population of voting age would be invited to decide upon that nation’s entry into World Foundation, a new international institution to replace the United Nations, that will to some degree be publicly governed.World Foundation will be based on the following conditions.
1. Consent: No nation will be allowed to enter into, or to exit from World Foundation, without the voted consent of all of the people of that nation.
2. Equal rights: By all of the people, I mean that in nations where women are denied the right to vote in national elections, they will be granted that right for the referendum on entry into World Foundation, and thereafter in all matters related to the operation of World Foundation that are to be ceded to public control. Women will control, by law, fifty per-
3. Rights of secession: As a general rule, World Foundation will be harder to get into than it will be to get out of. All conditions of World Foundation will have to be met and be operational as determined by World Foundation prior to a nation being granted full membership. This will include the establishment of what could be called an national escrow account, which may be drawn upon as a fund to enable that nation to leave World Foundation without undue financial burdens, so long as certain ’no harm’ agreements are signed prior to full membership being granted. This fund may also be used to reward nations for the rapid adoption of equal rights amendments.
4. Military: A study at Harvard University in 1959 looked at the problem of a global military or police force. That study recommended that no more that 3% of this force be from any one country. The general principle sounds reasonable and will form the basis of Foundation policy. The use of these forces will be subject to some form of democratic oversight, yet to be determined, except in clearly defined instances that require immediate defensive action.
5. All nuclear powered sea vessels of member nations will be decommissioned. Remaining or reduced naval forces will be re tasked to police over fishing and ocean pollution offences. This will be an armed and active oceans police force. We must not under any circumstance, allow our oceans and their fish stocks to become any more seriously damaged than they already are, either by over fishing, pollution, or the sinking of an atomic reactor by accident or design.
6. Fisheries: The World Wildlife Fund Canada has suggested a number of measures to protect global fish stocks. They are a good place to start, and will form the basis of Foundation and World Foundation fisheries policy.
7. Energy: The Kyoto protocol is nothing more than a global slow motion suicide pact; it will be rejected by Foundation. According to James Lovelock, at “somewhere between 400 and 600 parts per million of carbon dioxide, the earth passes a threshold beyond which global warming becomes irreversible, we are now at 380 parts per million and could reach 400 ppm within 7 years.” This threshold must not be exceeded, to that end; the oil business will be put out of business, as quickly as is technically and humanly possible.
Hydrogen is not going to replace oil. There is nothing wrong with Hydrogen per se, but there is something very wrong in an age of terrorism, with building 200 nuclear power plants to supply the electricity necessary to produce the Hydrogen. This also plays into the hands of those who want to sustain imperial systems of government. Whatever energy source is chosen, Foundation will not allow the means of its production to be controlled by any one nation or cartel of nations or industries.
Foundation will seek patents for nitinol or like powered engines, these patents to be held in public trust. Mass production facilities will be built by private enterprise or by Foundation governments, but they will be built. and the age of fossil fuels will come to an end as quickly as possible. This policy will be treated as an emergency global effort, of no less importance than would be preparations for war, and will broach no unnecessary delay by any interest. It will be the goal of Foundation to accomplish this transition in somewhere between two and five years, no more.
8. Information: Foundation will create what I will call Councils, designed around the idea that no democracy can properly function without good and complete information being publicly available, and elaborated on to the extent that quality decisions can be made by national electorates, singularly or collectively as necessary. These Councils will be publicly controlled centers of information gathering and distribution, and managers of World Foundation elections. This area of Foundation needs to be very well researched and designed so as to provide the highest quality of public discourse within and between nations. It might be possible or even necessary to consider a two language system for the world’s people and its legislatures. One common language, and your native language. This could be built into the educational systems of member countries prior to membership. I can imagine our institutions of higher learning playing a major role in their design, construction, and use.
9. Voting: Voting in this democracy, at the World Foundation level of government will be a requirement and obligation of every member citizen of every member country. This might also apply where national Foundation governments are in power.
10. Lobbying: Lobbying will be forbidden at Foundation and World Foundation levels of government.
11. Water: Water has been classed as a human need, not a human right, by the United Nations. Foundation will reclassify water as a human right, and will forbid the corporate ownership of it. The protection of this resource will become a publicly governed matter, nationally and internationally, as will other matters of resource protection that are basic to human survival.
12. Justice: One justice per member nation, or perhaps global regions. This choice might be determined by the sheer workload of this judiciary, as several matters of international law, in the context of World Foundation, may need to be determined in a relatively short period of time, by several different and perhaps specialized branches of this court. They might be chosen by the electorates of member nations from among the Supreme Court justices of that nation, as determined by the national government, or by the tradition of that nation and its vetting processes.
It will be the aim of Foundation and World Foundation to accomplish these goals with the minimum of disruption to national life and culture, but make no mistake, where the imperative of global physical health conflicts with national or cultural proclivities to warfare, or elite control over corporate or political affairs which hinder the rapid adoption of corrective measures, it is the health of the planet and its people, that will take precedence over all other interests.These ideas do not represent a complete list of concerns, nor of course are they adequate in their detail. There are many to be considered and I apologize for whatever omissions I have made. What is required now is the dedicated expertise of those competent and willing to examine in detail, every aspect of the political and social transformation outlined here. If you have something to contribute to this effort, in any way shape or form, please do.
Carl Joudrie: 25 September, 2005