William O. Douglas
“World Federalism is an idea that will not die. More and more people are coming to realize that peace must be more than an interlude if we are to survive; that peace is a product of law and order; that law is essential if the force of arms is not to rule the world.” - William O. Douglas
Harry Truman
“When Kansas and Colorado have a quarrel over the water in the Arkansas River, they don’t call out the National Guard in each state and declare war over it. They bring a suit in the Supreme Court of the United States and abide by the decision. There isn’t a reason in the world why we can’t do that internationally.” - Harry Truman

Revolutionary Changes

Revolutionary changes in the way we govern ourselves, nationally and internationally, are at least as warranted today as they were during Jefferson’s time, much more so in fact, but the injuries that might compel people to risk the uncertainties of revolutionary change, are only beginning to outweigh the comforts of delay. As in Jefferson’s time that tipping point will be reached.

Foundation aims to prepare for that certainty in our time, based on the reality of a rapidly degenerating ecosystem that will require a politically co-operative global effort to repair, or to mitigate the damages of that decline.

A new social contract, defining limited but real powers for national electorates might move the global ship of state in a new direction less prone to violent collisions. Foundation could offer important federal protections for the rights of member nation states, and the independence of their national electorates to secede from that federation should it become oppressive or unjust.

Carl Joudrie

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