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"Last year for the first time humans could see our planet from the moon. They show no borders, no nations, no races, no ideologies and no political systems. They show vast oceans and seas, a few great land masses, precious atmosphere of air and clouds without which there would be no life on earth."

        - U Thant, Secretary-General, United Nations, 1966


"The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be ex-pressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures."

        - Article 21(3), Universal Declaration of Human Rights



"We appeal as human beings to human beings: Remember your humanity, and forget the rest."

        - Einstein

"Be ashamed to die before you have won some battle for humanity."

        - Horace Mann

"No piled up wealth, no social station, no throne, reaches as high as that spiritual plane upon which every human stands by virtue of his humanity."

        - Chapin

"True humanity apertains rather to the mind than to the nerves, and prompts men to use real and active endeavors to execute the actions which it suggests."

        - Charles James Fox

"The age of chivalry has gone; the age of humanity has come."

        - Charles Sumner

"The ingratitude of the world can never deprive us of the conscious happiness of having acted with humanity ourselves."

        - Goldsmith

"Woman, above all other educators, educated humanity. Man is the brain, but woman is the heart of humanity."

        - Samuel Smiles

"Humanity is the Son of God."

        - Theodore Parker

"Our humanity were a poor thing but for the divinity that stirs within us."

        - Bacon

"There is nothing on earth divine besides humanity."

        - Melanchthon

"One sole God; one sole ruler. His law; one sole interpreter of that law - humanity."

        - Mazzini

"The great duty of God’s children is to love one another. This duty on earth takes the name and form of the law of humanity. We are to recognize all men as brethren, no matter where born, or under what sky, or institution or religion they may live. Every man belongs to the race, and owes a duty to mankind.....Men cannot, by combining themselves into narrower or larger societies sever the sacred, blessed bond which joins them to their kind. The law of humanity must reign over the assertion of all human rights."

        - William Ellery Channing


"Man is a prisoner of his own thinking and his own stereotype of himself. His machine for thinking, the brain, has been programmed to deal with a vanished world."

        - Stafford Beer, Platform for Change


"Every age and every generation must be free to act for itself in all cases as the ages and generations which preceded it. The vanity and presumption of governing beyond the grave is the most ridiculous and insulting of tyrannies. The circumstances of the world are continually changing and the opinions of men also change. And as government is for the living and not the dead, it is the living only that has any right in it. That which may be thought right and found convenient in one age may be thought wrong and found inconvenient in another..."

        - Tom Paine, The Rights of Man


"The fact is that now-- for the first time in the history of man for the last ten years, all the political theories and all the concepts of political functions-- in any other than secondary roles as house-keeping organizations-- are completely obsolete. All of them were developed on the you-or-me basis. This whole realization that man-kind can and may be compre-hensively successful is startling."

        - Buckminster Fuller, Utopia or Oblivion


"All the political parties of the industrial world, all our con-gresses, parliaments, and supreme soviets, our presidencies and prime ministerships, our courts, and our regulatory agencies, and our layer upon geographical layer of govern-mental bureaucracy - in short, all the tools we use to make and enforce collective decisions - are obsolete and about to be trans-formed. A third wave civilization cannot operate with a second wave political structure."

        - Alvin Toffler, The Third Wave


"The first step toward ending the present chaos is to overcome the tremendous emotional obstacle with prevents us from realizing and admitting that the ideal of sovereign nation-states, with all its great record of success during the nineteenth century, is today the cause of all the immeasurable suffering and misery of this world. We are living in complete anarchy because in a small world, inter-related in every other aspect, there are seventy or eighty separate sources of law - seventy or eighty sovereignties. Our present system of national sovereignty is in absolute contradiction to the original conception of sovereignty, which meant - and still means - sovereignty of the community."

        - Emery Reves, Anatomy of Peace, 1945


"There is not the slightest hope that we can change the course into which we are rapidly being driven by the conflicting nation-states so long as we recognize them as the supreme and final expression of the sovereignty of the people. At ever-increasing speed we shall be hurled toward greater insecurity, greater destruction, greater hatred, greater barbarism, greater misery, until we resolve to destroy the political system of nation-feudalism and establish a social order based on the sovereignty of the community, as conceived by the founders of democracy and as it applies to the reality of today."

        - Emery Reves, Anatomy of Peace


"Every man…posseses the right of self-governmenrt. Individuals exercise it by their single will."

        - Thomas Jefferson, 1790


"In short, we must personally, each one of us, recognize ourselves as individually sovereign, that is, a world unto ourselves, an authority, sure, capable, self-motivated, self-contained, and self-governed, a full awareness of that part of us which is conscience and its servant reason. Let us realize fully that each one of us throughout the world, endowed with this very same conscience which links us all to the same Spirit or Origin, and reason, which links us all to each other, is in real fact then a world sovereign, and as such stands whole and free in the one community of men,(and women) above nations, sectional prides, narrow prejudices and jealousies, a World Patriot."

        - From The Ellsworth Declaration, September 4, 1953


"Wars are not 'caused' by international conflicts of interest. Proper logical sequence would make it more often accurate to say that war making societies require - and thus bring about - such conflicts.

"The war system not only has been essential to the existence of nations as independent political entities, but has been equally indispensable to their stable internal political structure. Without it, no government has ever been able to obtain acquiescence in its 'legitimacy,' or right to rule its society. The possibility of war provide the sense of external necessity without which no government can long remain in power."

        - Report from Iron Mountain, Leonard C. Lewin, Dell 1967


The real cause of wars has always been the same. They have occurred with a mathematical regularity of a natural law at clearly determined moments as a result of clearly definable conditions.

1. Wars between groups of men forming social units always taken place when these units - tribe, dynasties, churches, cities, nations - exercise unrestricted sovereign power.

2. Wars between social units cease the moment sovereign power is transferred from them to a larger or higher unit. In other words, wars always ceased when a higher unit established its own sovereignty, absorbing the sovereignty of the conflicting smaller units.

        - Emery Reves, Anatomy of Peace, 1945


"It has been thought a considerable advance towards establishing the principle of freedom to say that government is a compact between those who govern and those who are governed; but this cannot be true, because it is putting the effect before the cause; for as men [and women] must have existed before govern-ments existed, there once was a time when governments did not exist, and consequently there could originally exist no governors to form such a compact with. The fact therefore must be that the individuals them-selves, each in his [or her] own personal sovereign right, entered into a compact with each other to produce a government."

        - Tom Paine, The Rights of Man


Philadelphia, July 4, 1776

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, that to secure these rights governments are created among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed — that when any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government laying its foundations on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

        - The Declaration of Independence


"Mankind’s desire for peace can be realized only by the creation of a world government. With all my heart, I believe that the world’s present system of sovereign nations can only lead to barbarism, war and inhumanity, and that only world law can assure progress towards a civilized peaceful community.

There is no salvation for civilization, or even the human race, other than the creation of a world government."

        - Albert Einstein


"There is no 'first step' toward world government. World Government is the first step."

        - Emery Reves, The Anatomy of Peace


"World government is an appalling prospect. Many people have not comprehended it or distinguished it from world organization. Many others, who have comprehended it, find it preposterous or unattainable in a turbulent and illiterate world where nations and economics conflict daily in many ways. Certainly the world is not ready for government on planetary scale. In our opinion, it will never be ready. The test is whether the people will chance it anyway like children who hear the familiar cry, 'Coming, ready or not!'"

        - E. B. White, The Wild flag


"Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and free-doms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized."

        - Article 28, Universal Declaration of Human rights


"There can be no planetary equity until all the sovereign nations are abolished and we have but one accounting system—that of the one family of humans aboard Spaceship Earth.

The first step in bringing about the desovereignization will be the closing of the gaps in the world electric power grid. The world-unifying electric power accounting will be the beginning of the omnienergy accounting for world economic management

With humanity employing such a world-around, satellite-relayed, and world-integrated computer accounting system, the world can, overnight, physically realize the "Omnibillionaire Commonwealth" of its humans."

        - Buckminster Fuller, Critical Path, ("World Game" chapter)


"It seems to me that in thinking about a system that one would like to have in the world of the future, which presumably one would like to have on a stable basis for some period of time, it is absolutely essential that we address the question of the interrelationships between whatever is going to be the monetary system and the political system, the larger system, IN WHICH THE MON-ETARY SYSTEM MUST FUNC-TION." (Emphasis added).

        - U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary, Richard G. Darman


Prime World Laws

1. There is but One Deity or Ideal, Goal, Vision, Absolute, Origin, Source, Mind, Spirit, Reality, Understanding, Wisdom, Truth, and so on, unitively conceived and intuitively, that is, by conscience, perceived, of which I am a living and integral part, as is all mankind; and

2. There is but one world, which is ideologically or intellectually understood, as my and mankind's natural home despite social groupings such as tribal, communal, regional. geographical, cultural, historical, ancestral, lingual, or professional and which constitutes my total social environment or community; and

3. There is but one physical human family, which is instinctively felt by common fundamental needs and wants, despite color, race, sex, birth, property, economic or other physical status, and thus one common citizenship.

        - From The Ellsworth Declaration of World Government, Sept 4, 1943


Here in this Town Hall in Ellsworth, Maine, in the sovereign United States of America, I, a world citizen, exist in a world anarchy. I am no longer able to tolerate such a condition. By the authority vested in me as a world sovereign, it is my duty and my responsibility to myself and to my humanity to hereby proclaim for myself a world government with full legal powers and prerogatives based on the 3 Prime Laws of One God, One World, and one Mankind. This government for the moment exists only in my person, but since all men (and women) are world citizens with full world sovereignty based on a full recognition of the 3 Prime Laws if they but affirm them, the proclamation of world government is every human's right, privilege, and responsibility.


The World Government is an Accomplished Fact

The World Government came into being at Long. 63o 25 ' West, Lat. 44o 32' North on Sept. 4, 1953. Utter necessity was its justification. Very special states of stress, both personal and global, ushered it into being when a stateless person was forced onto a closed territory against his own will or consent. Even a de facto citizen of the world already, with a fine record of service to the same closed territory or "nation", he was denied the right to make a living or pursue his own happiness. There was no government to represent him or stand by him. The World Government had therefore to be conceived as though 'immaculately', though neither illegitimately, disloyally, nor dishonourably, born.

        - The Memorandum on World Government, Nataraja Guru,
          Founder/head, The Gurukula Foundation, Fernhill, So. India


"If some people think of his lifetime's efforts to have properly recognized the World Government of World Citizens as quixotic, let them guess at the number of world passports (with subsidiary identification documents) that his organization has so far issued. I think I hear 250. Try another order of magnitude: 2,500. That's quite a lot but WRONG AGAIN. The actual figure is a quarter of a million. HOW MANY MORE OF US WOULD IT TAKE TO REGISTER, AND MAKE THE POINT THAT NATION STATES ARE OBSOLETE? Worse yet: they are harbingers of universal death. Only a World Citizen could be expected to see that the two mighty powers, representing all that overkill, rattle their spears at each other in mere ritual. But each of us IS a world citizen. We know the risks. We know exactly where the profits are. WE HAVE NO VOICE UNTIL WORLD GOVERNMENT MASSIVELY DECLARES ITSELF." (Emphasis added.)

        - Stafford Beer, President, World Association of General Systems and Cybernetics,
          Managing Modern Complexity, Fifteen Years After, 1985

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