Founding Principles

We All Are Equal, as Citizens of Earth
We are all citizens of the Earth. We all have the right to participate in the creation of it as a political entity.

As such, though I too have a voice in this, like you, it is also not my sole place — nor that of any “core team” or “project staff” that will emerge over time — to determine the ultimate configuration of how we will work together as a people. We must learn how to do this, together.

That said, we have to start somewhere. Here are some of my initial thoughts on the matter:

Direct Democracy
In The Country of Earth, let us take advantage of our technologies for connection, and choose to vote for ourselves, directly, on the issues we care about. Let us at least begin with no “Country of Earth” politicians running or standing for office. Politicians of other countries are of course are most welcome to participate here, for they too are citizens of Earth just like the rest of us. CEOs and corporate board members, too. Everyone.

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How will we do this? There are quite a few prospective models for direct democracy already proposed out there, and as this movement grows there will likely be many more. There is also one long-standing, working semi-direct democracy we can look to, for ideas on how we might propose laws (or even a constitution), as well as debate and vote together as one people: Switzerland. In the United States, we already have an online tool for voting on the issues we care about, which then informs our U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators of our vote. This gives us a sense of what is possible.

Not all persons in our world will at this time be legally able to register as a citizen of another country than their most local one. Even when dual citizenship is tolerated by a government, the current legal structures of our world often prevent such citizenship from being fully recognized when in the territorial boundaries of a given country.

There are many issues to contend with, the very most important of which is how do we all come to agree… on anything? We are going to have to learn how to do this, together.

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Open Collaboration
The principles of Open Collaboration have been used in the creation of many of the tools we now use every day online. These principles can guide us as we learn how to work together. One resource in particular is the Open Collaboration Encyclopedia.

Strategic, Integrated and Synergistic Solutions
Rather than seeking to supplant the work of existing governments, we prefer instead to seek integrated, synergistic solutions to our collective problems.

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Projects and programs will be designed ~ especially initially ~ which are:

  • Strategic
    Programs are designed to address multiple problems at once, or which are necessary in order to test innovative solutions prior to their potential mass implementation. Further, projects are chosen for their potential for leaping us forward with the fulfillment of TCOE Project’s current strategic objectives.
  • Integrated
    Programs are designed with the full partnership of a cross-section of the communities most likely to benefit from the program, and those most necessary to assist these communities with its successful implementation. TCOE Project prefers to assist projects that are driven and empowered by the communities they will serve, whenever possible.
  • Synergistic
    Programs are designed to harmonize with other programs, naturally of course with our own programs, but even more especially with the programs of other organizations and governments. Thus creating a synergistic effect where 1 + 1 can indeed result in more than 2.

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Open, Integrated Online Platforms
This — The Country Of Earth Project — is likely not to be the only team of people out in the world committed to the creation of a Country of Earth, or who are focused upon vastly similar ideas. Other teams may have other ideas of how to call forth this future.

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For example, there is a high school senior in the state of Oregon (USA) working on a project to create a global vote (GlobalVote.World).

That domain name — GlobalVote.World — is “ours”, by the way. It presently forwards to, but we can decide what to do with it.

We also have http://Global.Vote, or more simply written: Global.Vote.

I propose we use these for the creation of voting integration platforms, and following Open Collaborative principles and models, to give all organizations and teams committed to this collective global project an ability to connect to a common online database for The Country of Earth, with an Application Programming Interface (API) an offering a Software Development Kit (SDK).

These tools and services will enable anyone can connect to this platform, and thus create a common place where all votes cast by the Citizens of Earth can be recorded, and where all people also have the capacity to decide the manner under which they vote. This tool could become of enormous benefit to other countries and governments of all sizes.

The backend will of course need to be secure and safe from attack by those who might oppose the idea of all people coming together for common purpose (such as the Islamic State, or the leadership of North Korea). Voting should be easy, secure, and private, and verifiable as one-person, one-vote. There are obviously a vast amount of technological hurdles to surmount, as well as the development of protocols designed to ensure that the software development of the entire project remains both open to input from all, while also being secure from attack from those who might cause the project, or the People of Earth as a whole, harm. This may not be easy, but we must find a way.

For those of us committed to coming together as one world, We must set aside our megoic tendencies to have “the answer” and instead seek ways to connect our separate efforts together, so that in the end we all can come together having founded one, common country. These differences are all for the good, these different efforts can all be for the good as well.

For it is from these different ideas that we will eventually forge what will work for us all, as the People of Earth.

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Respect for Sovereignty
It is important that we begin by acknowledging the existing sovereignty of the other nations of the world as well as the value of existing international law.

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Rather than supplant this structure (as is our collective right) we instead seek to join with this political reality — as another member country on the roster of nations — and thus contribute toward its natural evolution. The Country of Earth obviously can have a uniquely potent and creative role to play in our global civilization. For our citizens are the citizens are your citizens. Our citizens are the citizens of all the other nations of the world, combined. As such, we will seek to find new ways for other nations to relate to each other; for individuals, tribes and nations to find new ways to resolve our differences, peacefully; and, most importantly of all: to come together and act for the good of the whole world, and the future of all life on this planet.

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Peaceful Non-Violent Change
There are many, many aspects of our global civilization that now need to change. We all recognize this. One of the most critical of all is to begin to put an end to the violence which exists between us. We do not seek to add to the violence of our world, but to dramatically reduce it through efforts to meet the needs of all of us, rather than just some of us.

» Global Citizens for Peace Pledge

Global Citizens for Peace Pledge [first draft]

We, The People of Earth, pledge to one another to seek change peacefully and non-violently. Where we are opposed and yet change is necessary, we, the declared People of Earth, pledge to one another that we will meet such opposition peacefully, non-violently, and non-cooperatively. For this demonstrates clearer than any violent act the truth, which is that it is in us, in We the People, that all human political and economic power resides. As it has always been, when change must come, as it must now… then we will see that change done, no matter how you may choose to oppose us. We will not relent, and we will not stop. Not so long as the fate of all life on Earth and all that which our civilization has created hangs in the balance.

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(RevolutionaryWisdom Recommends: Respectful Confrontation [also on Amazon])

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