The Global Nuclear Threat: A Stimulus for True Global Democracy — Getting Our Collective Security Policies, Procedures, and Priorities Right

The Global Nuclear Threat: A Stimulus for True Global Democracy — Getting Our Collective Security Policies, Procedures, and Priorities Right
Peter DuMont - Mon Jan 01, 2018 @ 09:23PM
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The following essay elaborates a comment first posted to KQED's Forum Show on December 20th regarding Security Policy. It seems most appropriate to New Year's Resolutions on behalf of We, The People Everywhere. — Peter Bruce DuMont

Investing in enhanced safety systems and procedures for nuclear weapons seems wise indeed. The U.S. and Allies could potentially share these technologies and policies with all other nuclear powers, including the DPRK; similar to Ronald Reagan’s vision of sharing “Star Wars” nuclear defense technology with all.  And this investment should most definitely include better staffing so that Navy sailors and others handling nuclear weapons are guaranteed full daily sleep requirements (Please reference the recent This American Life broadcast on this topic.); not to mention training in proven techniques for stress-reduction and deep conscious rest. [Reference:]

Investing heavily in a new generation of nuclear weapons, however — at a time when 184 (out of 193 Member Nations of the U.N.) have just voted (2017 July 7th) to BAN these illegal monsters— would be a truly mis-guided use of major resources in the name of security.

Wake up, humanity!

The nine nuclear powers are insufficiently acknowledging that although no one knows for sure, it is likely that only 50-100 [1,000 at maximum, until further clarified] nuclear explosions in big cities could kill virtually everyone on Earth via Nuclear Winter.  [Please reference the work of Climatologist Dr. Alan Robock at Rutgers University, whose team will be continuing to study these awful potentials throughout 2018.]

Obviously, this is an outrageous, totally unacceptable level of global risk. If present nuclear leaders collectively continue to flirt with it, Murphy's Law will eventually prove itself. What a horrible threat we all continue to live under!

Rather than trying to starve North Korea out of the weapons it already has — attempting somehow to ignore present reality while talking hypocritically about the glories of national sovereignty — the rest of the Nuclear Club should ACCEPT this new reality and provide the courageous leadership required for a BIG QUANTUM JUMP UP TO TRUE GLOBAL DEMOCRACY — complete with a unified Global Defense System.

We must trust that the People of Earth — properly represented with a directly-elected, population-based House, added to the current United Nations “Senate of Nations” appointed by national leaders — will never choose to self-annihilate!

And we must trust that even North Korea and other nations currently considered outliers will choose to participate in a fully honest, fair-minded formula for global governance, conceding THEIR unreasonable demands in return for a proportional share of the overwhelming benefits of a secure world peace accruing to all nations and peoples.

A population-based global political system will circumvent the traditional, legitimate objection to “World Government,”in that dictators and other ruling elites — although they might retain for a time their appointment power to the current “Senate of Nations” (U.N. General Assembly) — would be counter-balanced by their own collective populations, empowered with a direct vote. Perhaps even a secret ballot system for the newly-formed House would be wise: to protect voters from retribution by those in power who may disagree with them.

To upgrade our current, weak (and consequently often ineffective) global political system: What amounts to a Global Constitutional Convention can easily be called under Article 109 of the U.N. Charter.  This simply requires a 2/3 vote of the General Assembly including any nine of the fifteen Security Council members. Since there are only five so-called Veto holders, and fifteen minus five equals ten, none of the veto-holding nations is actually required to CALL the convention.

This is do-able, people!

As to the five Veto-holders, each will have a chance to block from full ratification any proposal the convention comes up with, so they should feel as "safe" as they are going to get for now, and NOT block the discussion for greater, holistic global safety!

Instead they should correctly perceive their own self-interests in the well being of the whole and provide leadership for effective global democracy.

Looking closely at the DPRK: What worked for devastated Europe after WWII was the Marshall Plan, and a similar program to rebuild devastated Europe and Japan. But there was no such re-construction effort from the West in favor of restoring North Korea after it was bombed until there were "no more targets” according to official USAF descriptions. (Thereafter, five dams were also destroyed in violation of International Law.) 

Such overkill and neglect of basic human rights and needs has contributed to the current volatile situation.

The solution is not to light a match!

This crisis is a "dangerous opportunity," as Chinese wisdom reminds us. The whole world must come together in favor of profound, careful, mutual respect.

Good Will, Responsibility and all their contextual ethical values — “Our Highest Civic Ideals” [] — are the great, reliable, and timeless guiding lights which We, the People of Earth must focus on, all together, first, for sure navigation — and then employ, each to our best ability — to achieve reasonably safe and secure forward propulsion. 

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