On the Eve...Let Us Choose Life, and Structure Our Future!

On the Eve...Let Us Choose Life, and Structure Our Future!
Peter DuMont - Thu Jul 06, 2017 @ 11:44PM
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On the dramatic eve of the first in-person summit between Russian President Vladimir V. Putin and U.S. President Donald J. Trump, it would be well for these leaders and all the great powers to contemplate one of the supremely overriding needs, challenges, and principled goals of this moment in world history: to achieve a quantum jump in the evolution of true global democracy.

Population-based representation at the global level will give the crucial stamp of legitimacy to world democracy.  With the dawn of the Internet Age, this is now a practical possibility, and we should seize the moment.  We must boldly conceive and execute.  Population-based representation is the great missing element in the current, wobbly structure, moving ever-so-slowly toward effective world governance at a time of multiple, accelerating threats. This is the time to pay attention to our global decision-making structure.  We cannot afford to dilly-dally around. It is the gigantic elephant in the room that nobody is talking about.  It is the Emperor's New Clothes that no one dares mention.  Yet how can we think of ourselves as democratic world citizens without population-based representation?

Just as North Korea's leaders must be challenged — and inspired — to live up to the dignity of their country's official name: The Democratic People's Republic of Korea; so the five permanent member nations of the United Nation's Security Council must be challenged — and inspired — to live up to their privileged status.  They are the ones, with their outsized power (which currently has nothing to do with population!), who must lead the campaign to upgrade the Body's status with a fair-minded additional legislative House, and a legislative veto override.  Article 109 of the U.N. Charter provides the mechanism for calling a Charter Review Conference.

Whether we contemplate avoiding Nuclear Winter and other unspeakable horrors, facing up to global air pollution and other dire environmental threats, refraining from interference in other countries' elections; resolving the crises in North Korea, Syria, Kashmir, Palestine, and many other areas; we should look to upgrading the United Nations, from within its own structure, as our primary practical political means.

Without a major overhaul, we are simply spinning the roulette wheel and flirting irresponsibly with potentially irreversible disasters.

Everyone, from the high and mighty to the homeless of any land, may contemplate the classic English poet John Donne's words at this time:

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

[Special thanks to STAR ALLIANCE Advisor Karl Mitchener for helping stimulate and refine this post, 2017-7-6 & 7.  — PBD]

POST NOTE added 2017 July 11th ET:

For those who legitimately fear control of the world by the great population centers — in the event of a truer form of global democracy consisting of 1) a population-based house for the United Nations and 2) a legislative override on the current veto structure — please consider that true democratic representation at the global level may be the very liberating solution required to ensure responsible freedoms for everyone in the world!  As outlined by historical U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.  — PBD

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