Making the World Safe
Access to democratic decision making processes for 100% of
Hundreds of millions of people governed by autocratic dictatorships
Strategy 18: Building
and Strengthening Democracy Throughout the World
all the above strategies, there is yet another step needed to insure
a peaceful world. We need to reconceptualize the notion of national
security. In a world where a fourth or more of the population exists
in a state of abject poverty and has no means of influencing either
the macro, micro or global economic processes that effect change,
much less controlling their destiny other than through violence
or self-destruction -- no one is safe, including the wealthy and "powerful."
In the long term, and in a sustainable and least-cost/most-economical
view, the removing of injustice and providing opportunities for
all the people of the world will have a lasting impact of increasing
the strength, depth and resiliency of peace.
One of the
most efficacious ways of setting in motion these processes is through
democracy. Democracy has great value in controlling the worst impulses
of ethnicity and nationalism.
Coupled with a "Bill of Rights" that guarantees basic human freedoms
and an independent judicial system, democracy has demonstrated an
enormous capacity for furthering non-violent social change.
discloses that democratic governments do not go to war against one
Strategy 18a: International
Democratic Election Fund
Democratic Election Fund for financing voter education, registration
and multi-party campaigns in countries making the transition to
democracy would help insure that the democratic process had a better
chance of flourishing. Funds would be directed at grassroots legislative
campaigns as well as national elections. With $1.5 billion per year
for ten years such a fund would help foster grassroots democracy
throughout the world.
Strategy 18b: Global
A Global Polling
Program, funded at the rate of $490 million per year for ten years,
would act to strengthen the linkages of global humanity by making
more visible what we, as a global species, think about important
global issues. Through regular (four times per year), global polls
that ascertain what people from all over the world think and feel
about key global issues, the people of the world would "get
to know" each other as a global phenomena. "Do you think landmines
should be outlawed? Do you think there should be fewer travel restrictions
between countries? Should we stop destroying rainforests? Should
all the governments in the world get together and eliminate starvation
(illiteracy, lack of health care, etc.)? What would you be willing
to pay to eliminate starvation in the world? Do you think everyone
in the world should have freedom of speech? Should there be freedom
of the press? Of religion?" These questions are a mere sample
of the type that could and should be asked of the world's people.
(A prototype of the Global Polling Program could be started on the
Internet. But because there are over two billion people on the planet
who have not even made a phone call, much less had access to the
Internet, it is imperative that the polls access a truly global
representation of humanity through other, more traditional interview-type
of polling procedures.) A key feature of the Global Polling Program
would be the opportunity for anyone to submit a polling question.
As time went on, the people of the world would learn more and more
about what we all thought about different issues, thereby giving
voice to the will, values and desires of the citizenry of the planet.
Strategy 18c: Global
Problem Solving Simulation Tool
A Global Problems
Solving Simulation Tool funded at $10 million per year for ten years
that would enable everyone from high school students to corporate
executives and government leaders to Non-Governmental Organizations
and concerned citizens to propose, develop and test strategies for
solving real world problems would enable more creativity, intelligence,
compassion and problem-solving abilities to be focused on the current
problems of the world. The open access to the vital statistics of
every country and the world would encourage cooperation and democracy.
"Winners" of the problem-solving simulation would be the team or
individual that had the most cost-effective and sustainable solution
to a particular problem. This Internet-based tool would help people
see connections between and among countries, regions, climates,
cities, cultures, resources and needs as well as problems and potential
solutions. It would include a comprehensive inventory of the world's
resources, trends and needs as well as a catalog of field-tested,
cost-effective solutions to different problems of the world. All
the "moves" of all the global simulations would be stored for review
by subsequent players so that even better solutions could be developed --
and tested and implemented in the real world. In one sense, the Global
Problem Solving Simulation Tool would enable the creative high school
student or class to "compete" against real-world leaders in developing
ever more effective ways of dealing with the problems of the world.
As such it would not only help focus more attention on the world's
problems, it would foster a democratic sensibility among the citizens
of the world by giving them a tool and a forum for interacting with
the global system.
all three programs would be less than that of one B-2 bomber or
0.025% of annual military expenditures or about .08% of the current
$225 billion in subsidies to US industries.
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