[gha] Re: GHA: Congratulations Bruce and Kurt

  • From: Hedva Bachrach <hedgad@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: gha@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 09:13:09 +0300

On 19/05/2013 23:28, Norman Kurland wrote:

Here's what I sent Bruce Cook:

I support your comments.

I also regret that the global strategy advanced by GHA still omits the importance of the concept of Economic Justice (see especially Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights <http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml#a17>) as an essential twin pillar for achieving Global Harmonious Peace, Prosperity and Freedom for all members of global Society.

Article 17 and the institutional means to achieve access to the rights and power of property as a fundamental human right are missing from the constitutions of every nation state, as well as the International Monetary Fund, the Bank of International Settlements, the World Bank and all UN bodies dealing with poverty and global economic development. Instead, universal access to property rights is ignored. Even Jefferson in authoring the U.S. Bills of Rights in 1776 left out the term "property", in my view because of America's "original sin" -- human slavery, which treated people as "things".

While America and the world today formally oppose human slavery, our current economic systems have shackled most citizens into a more subtle form of dehumanizing slavery -- wage slavery, welfare slavery, charity slavery and debt slavery. Adoption of Article 17 at all levels of global society would end all modern forms of human slavery by enabling all humans to become liberated as owners of all wealth-producing capital assets, such as the unlimited frontier of every-advancing technologies and all forms of "energy slaves." Little wonder that global poverty perpetuated by the global masters of money and finance and widespread corruption among political leaders supporting economic plutocracies within all countries are the main root sources of war, global terrorism, unemployment and group conflict.

If the GHA is to succeed as an interfaith educational network advancing Harmony within today's chaotic world, GHA cannot ignore Justice as a universal and complementary goal for guiding the redesign of the moral and legal architecture of the world. GHA to date does not address the question, "Who should own the world?" World Citizen Garry Davis answered that question <http://www.worldservice.org/whoowns.html> in a way that should be read by all those who seek a more harmonious and just world. A supporter of Garry and one of the great world design scientists R. Buckminster Fuller offered these few pearls of wisdom to GHA members:

    "We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims. .
    . . [Our challenge is to] make the world work for 100% of humanity
    in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation and
    without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone."

I hope all those associated with GHA will heed the advice of global visionaries like the 92-year-old Garry Davis and the late Bucky Fuller. That will position GHA above all other groups advocating Peace by supplementing its current vision with a practical with a bolder and more complete vision for making the world work, from the bottom-up.

Members of GHA who read these two writings are invited to visit and consider joining the website of the Coalition for Capital Homesteading <http://www.capitalhomestead.org/>, an advocacy group advancing the Just Third Way vision and comprehensive system reforms designed to achieve a people-empowered, market oriented, property-based approach to economic democracy at local, regional, national and global levels of the Global Village. CESJ is a member of the Coalition. I hope GHA will also join the Coalition.

In Harmonious Peace through Compassionate Justice,

Norman G. Kurland, J.D.
Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ)
P.O. Box 40711, Washington, DC 20016
(O) 703-243-5155, (F) 703-243-5935

On 5/18/13 9:41 AM, transcendentlaw@xxxxxxx wrote:
//Bruce and Kurt,
Congratulations, Bruce, for your well-put apology on behalf of like-minded members of the GHA community. Since I have to concentrate on finishing two books this summer, I plan to go on a "GHA sabbatical", but I will remain in what is known as a "lurking mode", that is, observing the world below from the empyrean heights.
Peace, prosperity, and freedom
through the interfaith harmony
of transcendent and compassionate justice,
Bob Crane
-----Original Message-----Dear people,

Although I don't always participate, but I follow the announcements. And I'd like to ask a question - It is very important to pose highlights of principles and behaviors, to which I agree with all my heart. However, have you ever thought about the way how to implement them? There should be an operative plan to beautiful ideals and concepts. It is a wonderful plan of educating people by using media and other means, but where is an operative plan to solve problems on the way - like how to fight the domination of those powers in control, you mention, how to raise poor populations standards, reconstruct a socio economic plan of advancement to poverty areas, etc...

Education is very important. Using the Media is a wonderful idea. Getting more and more people and organizations, also the U.N, is a good thing. But what about thought how to implement it?? In a practical way, besides the long term Educational project??

Eaxcuse me for posing this question. I think that is something worth to think about, and I think that knowledge should be acquired from all expert bodies dealing with these questions, like the world bank experts, like the U.N experts in different parts of the world. Even if you include the world bank among the dominating negative forces, still they have a lot of knowledge in their own field. One should also check the policies of big companies and how they exploit people in poverty areas. Information is an essential thing to carry out positive plans..


Dr. hedva Rabinson Bachrach
From: Bruce Cook <amplicraft@xxxxxxxxx>
To: gha <gha@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sat, May 18, 2013 1:27 pm
Subject: [gha] Re: The Open Letter to GHA


I'd like to apologize for the GHA's inappropriate response to the GHA failure to win the WIHW competition. I was consulted on this matter and suggested that nothing should be said against the competition, basically citing the well-known Serenity Prayer as a comfort. However, in spite of my suggestion, the complaint was sent out and Monica, who properly objected, was targeted with strong words.

As President of GHA-USA, I join Kurt Johnson in apologizing to Monica, Nina, and anyone else who felt hurt by the communication.

Let's do our best to work together in harmony in the future.


Bruce Cook
President, GHA-USA

Norman G. Kurland, J.D.
Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ)
P.O. Box 40711, Washington, DC 20016
(O) 703-243-5155, (F) 703-243-5935

"Own or be owned."

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