FEBRUARY 2004 NEWSLETTER
WORLD BEYOND BORDERS
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Quote of the Month
2. What's New at World Beyond Borders
3. A Democratic World is Possible
4. What You Can Do
1. QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"We are going to have to find ways of organizing ourselves cooperatively, sanely, scientifically, harmonically and in regenerative spontaneity with the rest of humanity around the earth.... We are not going to be able to operate our spaceship earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common." --Buckminster Fuller
2. WHAT'S NEW AT WORLD BEYOND BORDERS
World Beyond Borders' name reflects not just a wish for the future but a reality growing with every passing day. Our website reaches people around the world. And last month, our literature was displayed at the World Social Forum in India. Almost all of our 250 brochures were handed out and many people signed up for this newsletter. Welcome to you, and thanks to all those who contributed financially. We couldn't have done it without you!
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This month's new articles are:
What Might It Look Like?
*"The Preliminary Draft of a World Constitution", written in 1947-1948 by a group of prominent intellectuals, presents one design for a democratic global government. The document's primary purpose is to provoke thought. www.worldbeyondborders.org/chicagodraft.htm
How We Might Get There?
*"The Way Ahead" by Peter Bailey advocates regional unions as stepping stones toward a global government. www.worldbeyondborders.org/wayahead.htm
Please send article ideas or submissions to Jane Shevtsov, firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. A DEMOCRATIC WORLD IS POSSIBLE
by Jane Shevtsov
Under the slogan, "Another world is possible", 100,000 people gathered at the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India to discuss questions ranging from sustainable agriculture and caste oppression to war and economic globalization. This was the fourth such annual meeting and the biggest one yet. Speakers included Nobel laureates and leaders of small organizations; participants came from over 130 countries.
Critics say WSF participants lack positive common goals, while others maintain that is one of the forum's greatest strengths. One of the most ambitious proposals for the WSF comes from British political columnist George Monbiot, a member of the former group. Monbiot sees gatherings like the World Social Forum as stepping stones toward a planetary parliament. The forum can serve as an organizing and publicity base for another one, with elected representatives. This quasi-parliament would represent people, not states. It would have moral authority and democratic legitimacy. Eventually, it could move us toward a true global government.
The details of Monbiot's proposal can be found in his book, The Age of Consent. (It can be purchased online from UK or Canadian bookstores and will be published in the US in April.) Can it work? It's sure worth a try.
For more information:
*George Monbiot, "Seize the Day", http://www.monbiot.com/dsp_article.cfm?article_id=587
*World Citizen Foundation, http://www.worldcitizen.org/
*World Social Forum 2004, http://www.wsfindia.org/
4. WHAT YOU CAN DO
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