Pause for Peace Daily (Call for a Majority World-led revolutionary meta-movement for systemic change)

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Dear activists, campaigners, and justice organisations,

Imagine a world where genocide, ecocide and obscene inequality were relics of the past; where democracy is fortified through cooperation and participation. Politics embraces the public’s wishes instead of the dictates of oil, media, banking and weapons oligarch billionaires, and their political lackeys, including the UN and the World Economic Forum’s anti-democratic “stakeholder forum” governance system on the one side, and authoritarian leaders on the other. This collective vision for a just, peaceful, sustainable world, built on the principles of equity, justice, and environmental stewardship, is within reach.

What is missing in this struggle is collaboration. Distrust in politicians has never been higher. Many of us feel that our representatives are unresponsive to our concerns, instead echoing the interests of the same wealthy donors, who ultimately lead to similar policies wrapped in different sales pitches. This entrenched system of influence has created a veneer of choice while perpetuating the status quo. Globally, many are becoming disenchanted with mainstream centrist politics and are turning to far-right parties that claim to oppose the establishment.

This leaves us, as activists, particularly those of Indigenous origin and people of the Majority World, in a far more dangerous situation on the front lines: combating war, climate crisis, ecological breakdown, inequality, and authoritarianism. Some of us are changing lives in our communities. Despite our shared goals, we must ask ourselves: why aren’t we collaborating more effectively?

This unity is key to our advantage in the struggle against the “divide and conquer” tactic employed by the oligarchy. Activists are often pitted against each other, and our voices can drown each other out when not in unison. We must address the interconnected root problems underlying our common concerns to consolidate our power. We believe that there is sufficient consensus between us on such a future, characterised by this sort of participation, fairness and cooperation, the essence of which gave us our evolutionary niche in the first place! If we choose the right battlefront, we can effectively assemble to make real change. We need to stand together.

The urgency of our mission cannot be overstated. The potential for World War III looms over us, and we face interconnected threats that jeopardise life on Earth. We have no time to lose. This is why we propose a coordinated and strategic approach founded in Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA). Here’s how we can lead the way:

  1. Beginning with small, daily communal actions: a strategy endorsed by academics and activists.

Dr. Erica Chenoweth: “Why Civil Resistance Works.”  “Predictability is as ineffective on the streets as it is on the battlefield.”

Protest can be daunting, particularly in our current global political climate. We need to start with small acts, to build momentum and broad-based solidarity, and to have the most impact. For example, we have introduced the “Pause for Peace” movement, in which we take two minutes at 11am each day to stand still in silent solemnity. We do this to demand a global ceasefire, (with hostages released by Hamas and Israel). We do this to demand the introduction of Citizens’ Peace Assemblies (“CPAs”), as opposed to inaccessible “peace talks” where “leaders” on both sides concede as little as possible. We do this to demand National Preferenda votes on CPA’s Peace Proposals. We do this to show one another that we care, that we stand together, that we don’t put up with insane, criminal action and inaction.

For more information: Pause for Peace – Global People Power

  • Build momentum

Small daily actions then lay the groundwork for larger collective efforts. We understand the constraints many of us face: jobs, families, and personal responsibilities. Our approach is designed to be inclusive and considerate of these realities. This movement is not about being showy or prematurelyprovocative; it’s about being accessible, strategic and effective. As prescribed by Chenoweth, we will only escalate when we have the necessary strength in numbers (scientifically found to be 3.5% of the population) to ensure safety and impact.

We’re already gaining momentum. At the world’s largest festival, Glastonbury, the Speakers Forum tent joined us in our daily pause and extended an invitation to their Green Gathering festival, where we are calling the entire festival to participate. Next, the Olympics.

We have been prompting WEALL, The Wellbeing Economy Alliance, an organisation with over 400 member organisations of whom Global People Power are but one, to begin sessions discussing what the inception of a Majority World-led meta-movement should look like. We are also in discussion with other networks-of-networks of whom we are also members. 

  • Carefully escalate

As we build solidarity and momentum, we can escalate our actions to include mass protests and strikes, demanding systemic change. This can then be sustained, “prefigured”, through community groups, which must be cultivated and supported in order to be the backbone of our movement. This can be started immediately – with the required funds (donate here), we will no longer require permission to convene CPAs, taking power back into our own hands.

We’d like to discuss your role in leading this charge. As the vanguards of activism and justice, you are uniquely positioned to advance this meta-movement. Your expertise and dedication are the catalysts for this revolution. We recognise and value the bold actions and steadfast commitments of arrestable action groups. These efforts are crucial to the broader movement. However, a strategic and inclusive approach will amplify our collective impact and could snowball, almost overnight.

Stand alongside Barnaby and Global People Power in this NVDA movement, taking the small steps to build a global movement for peace. We ask you to experiment with it for just two minutes a day (11 am), for only six months. With just that little change, making a little time for peace, we can make real change happen, fast.

Together, let’s make history. Your feedback, participation, and leadership are vital to turning our vision of a just and peaceful world into reality. We, as Citizens of the Earth, owe it to one another to stand together. Together, we can overcome systems that are dividing and killing us by creating new systems that enable us to unite and thrive.  

In solidarity,

barnaby.flynn@globalpeoplepower.org

Strike Daily – Overthrow Oligarchy (Strategy 1 pager)

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Strike daily. Overthrow oligarchy – oil, media, banking, weaponry. In the face of impending nuclear, ecological, and economic annihilation. Restore democratic sovereignty. Through citizens’ assemblies. For peace, justice, sustainability, and shared prosperity. 11 am. Local time. Globally. In front of your home. At work. In school. For one potent minute. Stand in silent solemnity. As we begin to sense our collective power. We will escalate our action in scope and intensity. So please, join us. Join me. You are far more powerful than you realise. You are the remedy. 

#StrikeDaily #OverthrowOligarchy 

Begins 01/11/2022. Once 3.5% of the population is striking, we’ll call a General Strike & targeted Mass Civil Disobedience to force each nation to implement our demands. www.globapeoplepower.org

Our demands:

We don’t need to wait, nor ask permission to transform our world. Let’s start funding Citizens’ Assemblies and make corrupt political systems obsolete.

We are leaning over a precipice of annihilation because of the corrupting, divisive, and dictatorial power that oligarchs hold over all national governments and our lives. We call this phenomenon International Divide and Rule (IDR). Instead of taking responsibility to tackle global threats, nations focus their resources on competing with each other in a geopolitical race to destruction. This competition between nations is weaponised to maintain existing oligarchic power structures in the classic Machiavellian style.

Global People Power’s vision is for ‘Earth Citizens’ to assume democratic power and responsibility as a diverse human family united in tackling this systemic root cause of threats to all life on earth. We seek to establish Citizens’ Assemblies that create rules without rulers; global policies to solve global challenges such as war, climate, and ecological breakdown, and economic and social collapse. Earth Citizens take Non-Violent Direct Action to pressure all nations to fund and convene these assemblies, and to allow national citizens to vote on the implementation of the assemblies’ policies (immediately and unilaterally or synchronised and multilaterally) via national ‘preferenda’.

We are claiming our Earth Citizenship alongside our national citizenship because we, humanity, have a dual responsibility. Tackling problems at home means taking care of the whole world too. We are taking global responsibility because those who are meant to be, aren’t.

Together we can overcome archaic systems that are dividing us and killing us by creating new systems that enable us to unite and to thrive.  

(“Earth” in Earth Citizen is about connection to physical place, to community, to home. It’s about belonging, whilst simultaneously belonging to the whole living planet. It is not associated with any affiliation to a global government or global jurisdiction. We oppose such initiatives).   

Earth Citizens Revolution for Ukraine

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A global grassroots action plan to end the war in Ukraine

Barnaby Flynn
Founder, Global People Power
United Kingdom, Earth

Global People Power’s vision is for Earth Citizens to assume democratic power and responsibility as a diverse human family united in tackling the systemic root causes of threats to all life on earth. Earth Citizens’ Assemblies create “rules without rulers,” global policies to solve global challenges. Earth Citizens take Non-violent Direct Action to drive all nations to implement those policies immediately and unilaterally where possible, or where necessary, to set a date for their global cooperative implementation. 

We are claiming our Earth citizenship alongside our national citizenship because we, humanity, have a dual responsibility. Tackling problems at home means taking care of the whole world too. We are taking global responsibility because those who are meant to be, aren’t. 

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Contents

Introduction

Plan Summary

The Russo-Ukraine War

Addressing the crisis

Earth Citizens’ Rapid Response Assemblies

What are Citizens Assemblies?

What is an Earth Citizens’ Rapid Response Assembly?

Implementation

ECRRA’s and the Russo-Ukraine War

What is the best short-term solution for all citizens involved?

What is the best long-term solution for all citizens involved?

Non-Violent Direct Action

Non-Violent Direct Action and the Russo-Ukraine War

Conclusion

Introduction

This action plan has been composed with the sincere intent to save lives in Ukraine in the quickest time frame possible and to bring the world back from the brink of nuclear destruction.

Due to the proxy war in Ukraine, the threat of nuclear war has never been more heightened, added to that its impact on global financial markets, global inflation, food shortages, and renewed global reuptake in fossil fuel extraction to overcome national energy crises causing the cost of living crises thus creating “carbon bombs” locking in climate breakdown, this could be the best focus of the Strike Daily to Overthrow Oligarchy. It would also be a potent way to bring global attention to the power of Citizens’ Assemblies to tackle interrelated global threats.  

A peaceful solution to the war in Ukraine already exists (as they do to conflicts everywhere), a solution that the vast majority of people impacted by the war would agree to. That solution can be discovered swiftly and democratically by people we can truly trust using deliberative processes we can trust. We need people who do not fear any loss of wealth or status by changing their opinion or by compromising.

Just as the British and German WW1 enemy troops came out of their trenches to fraternise with each other in no man’s land, so can we bring together citizens on all sides of this conflict to resume a path of sanity.

We need an alternative citizen-led peace process capable of overcoming the growing divisions between all sides. It is everyday people, not corrupt politicians who we should trust to decide upon solutions that are in the best interests of all citizens involved.

A process that bypasses those in power who either refuse to, who are unable to, or who have too much to lose by critiquing their own actions, their government, or their cultural-political system. A procedure capable still, despite the untold suffering, death and destruction that has already taken place, of transcending absolutist “You’re either with us or against us” fascism.

It is also everyday citizens who can take the responsibility so lacking in our political leaders to drive all nations concerned to cooperate to implement those citizen-led solutions. I set out a movement-building Non-violent Direct Action plan which could be quickly scaled up to encourage Russian forces to lay down their weapons and for all sides to start cooperating.

I describe policies that I would propose if I was called upon to attend an ECRRA, policies which I believe most people directly involved in the conflict, and the wider world would agree to. After that, I explain how a nuanced Preferendum is the safest way for citizens of all nations involved to vote on those solutions while avoiding a binary “for” or “against” referendum vote which has the potential of causing further division. 

This action plan can be used not only to save lives in all nations presently at war (not just those in predominantly Caucasian nations) but it can also be used to tackle interrelated problems of global inequality, injustice, the climate and ecological crisis. It is as ambitious in scope as global threats are to our very survival.  

It is during times of crisis that real change happens, for good or ill. Let’s unite to ensure the right kind of change happens.

The best way to predict the future is to step up and change it.

Plan Summary (Flyer and poster text)

Strike daily. Overthrow oligarchy – oil, media, banking, weaponry. In the face of impending nuclear, ecological, and economic annihilation. Restore democratic sovereignty. Through citizens’ assemblies. For peace, justice, sustainability, and shared prosperity. 11 am. Local time. Globally. In front of your home. At work. In school. For one potent minute. Stand in silent solemnity. As we begin to sense our collective power. We will escalate our action in scope and intensity. So please, join us. Join me. You are far more powerful than you realise. You are the remedy. 

#StrikeDaily #OverthrowOligarchy 

Begins 01/11/2022. Once 3.5% of the population is striking, we’ll call a General Strike & targeted Mass Civil Disobedience to force each nation to implement our demands. www.globapeoplepower.org

Our demands:

We don’t need to wait, nor ask permission to transform our world. Let’s start funding Citizens’ Assemblies and make corrupt political systems obsolete.

We are leaning over a precipice of annihilation because of the corrupting, divisive, and dictatorial power that oligarchs hold over all national governments and our lives. We call this phenomenon International Divide and Rule (IDR). Instead of taking responsibility to tackle global threats, nations focus their resources on competing with each other in a geopolitical race to destruction. This competition between nations is weaponised to maintain existing oligarchic power structures in the classic Machiavellian style.

The Russo-Ukraine War

Russia’s political makeup hasn’t changed materially in hundreds of years. It has replaced one extremely feudalistic imperialist dictatorship of Tsarist rule with two more, the USSR and now Putin’s ultra-nationalistic oligarchic regime. 

It is the extreme inequality of access to decision-making power, in all its forms (war-lord, feudalistic, dictatorial, or the capture of wealth to purchase political power) that is the cause of the world’s problems. Hierarchical systems require the constant threat, real or imagined, of conflict in order to keep the general populace in a state of stress and therefore far more willing to have their rights and freedoms reduced in return for “strong leadership” and “military security.” 

The pretext of a threat from more powerful nations is the source from which dictators are able to maintain and justify their power just as it is consequently, the threat of dictators which increases the share price of arms manufacturers in corporate-captured so-called “democratic” nations. 

I am a UK citizen. My government follows, almost to the letter, the dictates of the US’s foreign policy. I am critical of my, and the US government’s cosy relationship with the worlds’ dictators. Foreign policy such as this creates perpetual war or the perpetual threat of war. 

We in the UK have allowed our leaders to stroke and then poke President Putin. We have supported his killing sprees by selling him weapons. We tolerated our secret services to pave the way for the largest fossil fuel investment in Russia which, even after Putin annexed Crimea in 2014 increased oil production. We then bought Russian fossil fuels which enabled Putin to fund his war machine. We helped Putin’s oligarch supporters, those who were handed their fellow citizens’ national assets on a platter to syphon off their profits into offshore secret banks situated in western or western protectorate tax-haven jurisdictions. We gave Russian oligarchs the right to apply for citizenship via a ‘golded visa’ scheme thus enabling them to launder their fellow patriots’ money through our housing market. We permitted our politicians to take funding from dictators and use it to wage war upon our national and supranational (EU) democratic institutions. We sanctioned our “leaders” to sell them weapons whilst knowing full well that eastern NATO expansion would be highly provocative and most likely “unsettle European stability”. 

It now seems that President Biden’s end game is not to save lives in Ukraine but that of Russian regime change. US regime change, as we have repeatedly seen, is always catastrophic (except for weapons manufacturer shareholders) and has never been attempted with a nuclear power. 

Fred Harrison (member of the Independent Constitutionalists UK) was intimately involved in the New Start opportunity that was presented to the people of Russia in 1991. 

He states that “Instead of privatising land and natural resources, Russia should have leased them in return for the full rental value (of oil, gas, urban locations, etc). Political power would have resided in people’s hands.

Instead, Yeltsin listened to the emissaries sent from governments in London, Washington and Brussels; he listened to the think tanks like the Carnegie Foundation, and the intellectuals like Jeffrey Sachs (whose splendid advice on the need for “shock therapy” earned him the distinction of being appointed adviser to the UN Secretary-General). They all pushed for the privatisation of Russia’s natural resources. That created the class of oligarchs that enabled Putin to turn the Kremlin into an autocracy. The people of Ukraine are today paying the price of the advice from the West.”

Addressing the crisis

Citizens need to come to their own political conclusions to accept them. We need to create the space for that to happen.   

The good news is that cooperation remains the best long-term strategy to create a win-win-win (non-zero-sum game) winner-takes-all situation for everyone concerned. Despite challenging immediate circumstances affecting our mood and our ability to reason, despite our cultural conditioning since birth, despite our genetic coding going back millions of years, we are highly capable of change

What we need are communication tools to help foster mutual understanding from the ground up. This aids cooperation in tackling seemingly unresolvable problems. Even in difficult situations between so-called rival nations, people with long-standing disagreements, or between segregated religious, political and ethnic groups, the longing to cooperate is present. There are two bits of good news here.

The vast majority of us are still highly competent at working together if given the opportunity. We also have the technology at our fingertips to scale this up to the global sphere.

Earth Citizens’ Rapid Response Assemblies

What are Citizens Assemblies? 

Citizens Assemblies are a proven democratic and legitimate way of finding solutions to break political deadlock over highly complex issues with many competing interests. 

“Genuine democracy is about people being involved in, having control over and identifying with the decisions that affect their lives.” (Independent Constitutionalists – UK. A Democracy Fit for the 21st Century). 

This is how the Sortition Foundation introduces Citizens’ Assemblies.

“Many people don’t trust politicians and the political class. They are disillusioned with politics and believe that powerful vested and factional interests have too much influence on political decisions. Fortunately, there is a better way to make political decisions. 

By selecting representative groups of everyday people by lottery, and bringing them together in Citizens’ Assemblies, we can break the hold of career politicians on decisions and bypass the powerful vested interests. Let’s create a real democracy of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Just like politicians, Earth Citizens don’t need to be experts on any issue but, during the Citizens’ Assembly process, they will become experts – experts making decisions whilst being free of party political influence, career aspirations, and funding corruption.

Citizens receive evidence from a range of experts providing a plurality of opinions. They learn systemic thinking tools (how circumstances, social groups, natural and human-made systems interact with each other as whole systems within whole systems), critical thinking tools to challenge received wisdom and opinions of expert witnesses, and non-adversarial debating tools, to look at evidence from the same angle at the same time, e.g. for, against, facts, new ideas, purpose, feelings. 

Earth Citizens Assemblies deliberate on the best course of action      

Single issue Global Citizens Assemblies have already been trialled with great success. Multi-issue Earth Citizens’ Assemblies can be set up immediately and relatively cheaply. Earth Citizens Assemblies proceedings could be followed by those with an interest in their outcome. 

Citizens’ Assemblies (randomly selected groups – Sortition) will invite a rich diversity of ethnic, cultural and experiential wisdom from across the world generating a broad set of novel ideas. Access to a plurality of information and media (interest group and profit motive biases are understood and balanced out) is a vital requirement for informed democratic consent.   

We don’t so much need new political administrations, we need new political systems.

What is an Earth Citizens’ Rapid Response Assembly?

The novel concept of an Earth Citizens’ Rapid Response Assembly follows the process of existing citizens’ assemblies. Participants would consist of citizens with a stake in the outcome of the issue at hand.

If the process were already in place, it could be convened within days. Even without it being in place presently, it would probably take less time to organise and complete successfully than it would be for vested interest leaders of Russia, Ukraine and NATO to come to an agreement that would be in the best interests of all citizens concerned.  

They would be used to find solutions to tackle urgent international or global problems, problems that cannot be solved due to geopolitical disagreement and deadlock. They would be a preferable alternative to the conventional method of vested interest groups setting agreements behind closed doors – agreements that impact us all.     

Citizens’ Assemblies can quickly, legitimately and democratically help find solutions to urgent global problems, for example, to war that threatens to become nuclear. 

As no issue exists in isolation, agreements need not tackle singular issues but a range of issues as a policy package (see below). 

Earth Citizens’ Rapid Response Assemblies could avert the imminent extinction of all life on earth.

Implementation

  • Citizens of nations involved in the conflict participate in the assembly.
  • Earth Citizens’ Rapid Response Assemblies pass their immediate short-term and long-term solutions. 
  • A national Preferedum, a nuanced and non-binary referendum on whether to cooperate globally, reject or renegotiate key aspects of the Earth Citizens’ Rapid Response Assembly’s proposals.

ECRRA’s and the Russo-Ukraine War

Other than holding blind nationalistic loyalties, we have little reason to have faith in either the process or the agenda of the participants of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. Nor do we have any logical reason to trust the motives of world leaders within either of the opposing military alliances.  

Authoritarian leaders require the constant threat of conflict to maintain their power and influence in exactly the same way as the world’s largest military-industrial complexes need the threat of authoritarian leaders to maintain theirs.

On one side we have a dictatorship under Putin, and on the other, the corporatocracies of the USA and NATO nations, both, as I example below, are corrupt imperialist systems using Ukraine as a proxy war.

Just as the US and its allies invaded Iraq upon a false pretext resulting in hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, so is Russia invading Ukraine.

To break the geopolitical deadlock between Russia and Ukraine alongside NATO we need to convene an Earth Citizens’ Rapid Response Assembly (ECRRA). If funding was made available, an ECCRA could be set up in months, maybe even weeks. It could take one or two months for participants to find both a nuanced short-term and an off-the-shelf long-term solution. This process will save time and be far safer and less demoralising than repeating failed “peace talks” centred around who will concede the least. 

A peaceful solution to the war in Ukraine already exists, a solution that the vast majority of people impacted by the war would agree to. That solution can be discovered swiftly and democratically by people we can truly trust using deliberative processes we can trust. We need people who do not fear any loss of status or wealth by changing their opinion or by compromising. Not by the few who are corrupted by power. 

Recommended questions to Earth Citizens’ Rapid Response Assemblies with answers provided as though I were participating in an ECRRA:

  • What are the systemic cultural and geopolitical root causes of the conflict in Ukraine? (Dominance hierarchy systems replacing virtually all ancient egalitarian social systems leading to feedback-loops that reward narcissism which feeds into culture, values, history, and to its broadest expression thus far, International Divide-and-Rule [IDR])   
  • What is the key barrier to peace? (Undemocratic globally mobile power bases utilising IDR to maintain power)
  • What is the best short-term solution for all citizens involved? (See below)
  • What is the best long-term (multi-issue) solution for all citizens involved? (See below)

What is the best short-term solution for all citizens involved?

If I was invited to attend an Earth Citizens’ Rapid Response Assembly I would propose something very close to what Yanis Varoufakis has proposed. (This is what I would propose with the understanding I presently have on the issue. If I were provided with new information, this view might change.)

“a diplomatic solution needs to be found as soon as possible. That we, from the comfort of our peaceful surroundings, must push for a solution that spares the lives of thousands and prevents the occupation of Ukraine.

What would an agreeable diplomatic solution entail? Three things: First, an immediate ceasefire followed by the withdrawal of Russian troops. Second, the opportunity for Putin to portray any such agreement as a form of victory – a deal that gives him something close to what he wanted. Third, it must be an agreement guaranteed jointly by Washington and Moscow, guaranteeing an independent and neutral Ukraine as part of a broader agreement that de-escalates tensions with the Baltics, Poland, and around the Black Sea, across Europe. 

Such an agreement would leave everyone a little dissatisfied but also grant Ukrainians the chance to rebuild a free, democratic, and independent Ukraine. Many issues will have to be settled but, once de-escalation begins, a healing process can commence. For example, the EU can pour investments into Ukraine, well before any move to admit it into the EU. Once Washington and Moscow jointly guarantee a demilitarised zone along the Russian-Ukrainian border, the contested Donetsk-Luhansk region could be administered along the lines of the Northern Irish Good Friday agreement in a manner that guarantees the rights of all ethnic communities under the supervision of Kiyv, Moscow and the European Union.”

If Ukrainian President Zalenski is now, after weeks of death and destruction stating that he is open to agreeing to Putin’s demand to maintain Ukraine’s geopolitical neutrality, why exactly did he not agree to this before the invasion?      

What is the best long-term solution for all citizens involved?

Answer: World Peace Through Law

  1. Arms reductions (including the abolition of nuclear weapons and all WMD) are not general and complete disarmament.
  2. A four-stage comprehensive system of compulsory alternative dispute resolution (compulsory negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and adjudication), not a global legislature. This process should be complemented by Citizens’ Assemblies.  
  3. Various enforcement mechanisms, including an international peace force, not pacifism. 

As no issue exists in isolation, an ECCRA could also discuss longer-term multi-issue policies which could tackle the root cause of the war.

Global Renewable Energy Grid (GREG). The cause of war is most often tied up with access to fossil fuel reserves. An ECRRA might propose the building of a GREG as this would break the power that transnational fossil fuel corporations hold over national governments and end geopolitical competition for access to scarce and polluting resources. Money spent on weaponry could be spent instead on the GREG which in turn would create new jobs, pay a dividend to citizens around the world for its use and go a long way to tackle the climate and ecological emergency.

With a GREG in place, humanity would no longer be dependent upon paying exorbitant prices to wealthy oligarch shareholder owners of increasingly scarce fossil-fuel resources. The whole of humanity could attain a comfortable standard of living without destroying the planet.

The means and technology to build a GREG already exists. All we lack is the political will to cooperate internationally to build it. This is because the most succesful polical parties are funded by the few who rely on the many being chained like slaves to their scarce polluting resources. Also because global cooperation will decommision global elites’ means of maintaining and expanding their power, International Divide-and-Rule.

The subsidiarity principle: Conflict would be greatly reduced if power and decision-making autonomy was devolved as close to home as possible. Known as the “principle of subsidiarity, Citizens’ Assemblies of the appropriate scale of complexity, community, regional, national, continental and global can procure policies to tackle issues relevant to the scale of each.

Each subsidiary sphere of influence can then, if they choose democratically to do so, cooperate for the good of the whole world. In this way, humanity can gain democratic sovereignty free from corruption and the tyranny of centralised power.

These are the kind of enlightened policies which, by following the proceedings ECRRAs, citizens of the world could be encouraged to vote in favour of implementing. 

Non-Violent Direct Action

Non-Violent Direct Action is proven the most effective method of achieving long-term positive change. If 3.5% of the population were to rise up and maintain the pressure then no leader can resist its demands and remain in office. To succeed, we need invading, oppressing and occupying armies to join us and refuse to fight in defiance of their orders to escalate the killing.

People standing in front of tanks is the most powerful way to get military forces opposing you to refuse to fight. It is through peaceful action that we build bridges across borders and between ethnic, religious and political divides.

Let us stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and people everywhere who are being murdered, starved and brutalised by oppressive, corrupt and authoritarian regimes. The most respectful and powerful way to do so is in silence. This way, our movement cannot be typecast and dismissed. We also do this in solidarity with the people of Russia  – victims of dehumanising and mind-perverting lies – and of the people of every other oppressive state where, as is rapidly becoming the case here in the UK, protest is being criminalised.

We stand shoulder to shoulder with the peoples of all nations in sovereign equality. To those victim peoples consumed by a sense of superiority and difference, we say: “sit with us in celebration of our common humanity in order to find common ground. Let’s assess our most fundamental needs and provide for them. We are a human family”. 

Small communal acts, such as observing silence, can become a heuristic engendering new more inclusive value systems and therefore scaled-up actions. 

Non-Violent Direct Action and the Russo-Ukraine War

Let us unite and mobilise humanity everywhere, outside our homes, places of work, and on our streets. We observe a 1-minute Global Peace Strike, held every day, in silence (11 am local time) until our demands are met.  Weapons down. Peace Up. Unify.

Due to the corrupting nature of concentrated power, it is highly unlikely that “world leaders” will lead on our demands. 

We will not wait for permission to assume democratic power and responsibility. We will fund the ECCRA ourselves.

As our simple action goes viral (like the global Clap for Carers during the Covid-19 lockdown) we will escalate our use of Non-violent Direct Action to compel Russian forces to refuse to fight and to force all nations to cooperate to implement the ECCRA’s findings.

Conclusion

A majourity of Ukrainians, especially the younger generation want to join the EU. I expect they would relish the opportunity even more to join a truly cooperative and democratic, decentralised global people-powered alliance.