Society Of Global Democrats
The world needs a society of global democrats to rally together in effort to more effectively address the problems facing humanity and the biosphere. Greenhouse gases and other pollutants are not constrained by human designated boundaries while depletions in oceanic fish stocks may result in marine mass extinction which should be a concern to all of humanity. Wealth and power inequalities plague many of our societies resulting in unnecessary hunger, starvation, disease and death as corporations and financial institutions manipulate and corrupt democratically elected representatives into compromising agreements further exasperating our problems.
Corporations, capitalism and globalization can be valuable constructs for societies if properly controlled and regulated. When properly regulated they form symbiotic relationships with society like probiotic intestinal flora within our digestive tract. When corporations, capitalism and globalization are inadequately regulated they become parasitic and cancerous.
Those who value democratic principles understand that democratic institutions such as unions with collective bargaining or employee owned cooperatives yield more equitable results for more people.
Large corporations are most often considered to be multi- or trans- national entities because they operate in multiple countries. As such, these entities have little or no loyalty to their countries of origin or to the countries in which they operate. Because regulations differ among countries while corporations often have interlocking directorates, they are often beyond control, all too much like Frankenstein's monster.
To illustrate this point we direct your attention to the ISDS (Investor to State Dispute Settlement) system administered by the WTO (World Trade Organization) that clearly undermines domestic sovereignty. While you could read about the ISDS in the Nation magazine. the Washington Post, Public Citizen, Friends of Earth Europe and others, the site we recommend is www,isdscorporateattack.org.
After learning about the ISDS it should be apparent that the ISDS is a system that undermines democracy itself and that it serves to enrich the few at the expense of the many. It therefore seems only logical to conclude that an international community of people committed to the principles and ideals of democracy join together in an effort to push back against the malfeasance of an obscenely greedy few who lack adequate good conscience.
It is worth noting that the world's most powerful institutions are far from democratic. The United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the Council on Foreign Relations and others may have a superficial veneer of democracy, but none of their members are voted into positions of power by the people at large.
A society of global democrats may be necessary to counter the regressive right wing movements that we now witness gaining strength and popularity throughout the world. Let us remember the higher principles that guide our attitudes and actions while remaining cognizant that the stress and fear induced by climate change. resource depletions and conflicts will lower the collective levels of consciousness. As this happens, nativist movements will gain strength in individual nations and forms of fascism will gain greater power and control. The prejudiced peoples of nations will isolate themselves and loose the strength that comes from international cooperation because the bigots will remain locked mostly within the borders of their nations. A Society of Global Democrats can therefore emerge because their united numbers will greatly out-number the abilities of xenophobes to unite.
Before you consider how a society of global democrats might organize and function, please banish from your mind that such an affiliation as is being proposed is not a governmental body. Most people who are presented this idea reflexively equate a society of global democrats with the notion of government.
How will a Society of Global Democrats operate?
That can only be determined through democratic consensus, but consider that the internet provides an unprecedented number of people from around the world an unique opportunity to participate in a grand experiment of global democracy that has never been possible before. Relatively simple and widely available software already exists to form a database of participants that may then submit proposals for initiatives to be established through polling and voting. Funding could be voluntary or a modest fee proportional to each member's income could be required. Once again, this decision would be determined by popular vote.
What would a Society of Global Democrats do?
Yes, that would be determined by voting, but is only limited by our imaginations and willingness to participate.