[wwpoenglish] Re: Second New brief article

  • From: María Cristina Azcona <mcrisazcona@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "gmartin@xxxxxxxxxxx" <gmartin@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:47:20 -0300

Great article

María Cristina Azcona


WWPO President founder

IFLAC Director in Central &South america

El jun 17, 2015 12:57 PM, "Martin, Glen" <gmartin@xxxxxxxxxxx> escribió:

Dear friends and colleagues, I apologize for the second posting so
quick upon the first, but here in Togo I have had some time on my hands
that I do not usually have. In peace, Glen Martin, President, WCPA

Economics and the Constitution for the Federation of Earth

Glen T. Martin

I want to attempt here something that is often perceived as difficult—to
write a brief essay that gets to the heart of the economic problem of the
world’s dominant economic system and shows the way to an economics of human
liberation and sustainability.

I have written about this problem at some length in my books over the past
10 years. By going deeply into the economic problem in relation to the
project of world system transformation and human spiritual transformation,
I believe the roots, the essence of the problem, have become progressively
clearer. Yet the basic dynamics of system and spiritual transformation
remain basically the same.

Many of the modern economists that I have read in this respect, despite
important insights into specific economic mechanisms and principles, remain
limited in their ability to articulate fully the transformation that needs
to occur because they are limited by their professional specialization.
They have been trained to look at economics apart from the larger context
of world systems, human values, the development of human spiritual and
ethical maturity, planetary ecology, and the progress of human civilization
as a whole.

Some of the most illuminating books on economics have come from those
authors willing to include economics into the need for a larger
paradigm-shift, for example, John B. Cobb, Jr’s *Sustainability:
Economics, Ecology & Justice *or Herman E. Daly and Kenneth Townsend’s
the Earth: Economics, Ecology, Ethics *or Dada Maheshvarananda’s * After
Capitalism: Prout’s Vision for a New World.*

My 2005 book *Millennium Dawn* also addressed the question of human
liberation holistically, examining the multiple aspects of human life (all
integrated with economics) that must change if we are to move to a world
premised on human dignity and liberation, free and ecologically
sustainable. Chapters 7, 8, and 9 specifically show how the economics of
an ethically and spiritually grounded socialism become fundamental to the
necessary planetary paradigm-shift.

My book of that same year, *World Revolution through World Law, *included
the “Manifesto of the Earth Federation.” This manifesto again shows in what
way economics is only a component, indeed fundamental, of the
paradigm-shift that is integral to people moving to the planetary level in
their thinking and acting.

My 2008 book *Ascent to Freedom *begins (in its first three chapters) by
bringing together many statements on the new holism discovered by
scientists during the 20th century. The book goes on to apply this holism
to the historical development of the concepts of world law and one world
civilization. It shows, in the final chapters, in what ways the
paradigm-shift necessarily includes economics but also transcends economics
within the more inclusive framework of what needs to happen if we are to
create a decent future for the Earth and its living creatures.

In *Triumph of Civilization* (2010), I consider economics within the
context of the violence of the world system paradigm that includes both
sovereign nation-states and globalized capitalism. Chapter 6 is about the
“Violent Economics” of the current world system and Chapter 7 about the
ways in which a non-violent economics would integrate into a non-violent
planetary civilization. The concluding chapters present a number of very
specific economic policies and principles necessary to a decent world
within the concept of the larger planetary paradigm-shift that is necessary.

In *The Anatomy of a Sustainable World *(2013), I focus on sustainable
economics, as articulated, for example, in Herman E. Daly’s *Beyond
Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development. The Anatomy* *of a
Sustainable World* draws on the fundamental economic insights that are
integral to all the above named books and basic to a critically informed
set of economic principles: *first,* production must be for use-values
and not for the extraction of surplus value, *second,* costs must be
calculated holistically in terms of our relationship to the environment,
society, and future generations. This means that externalities can no
longer be ignored in the economic calculations of production. The
capitalist system to date has maximized private profit by externalizing the
true costs of production onto society, the environment, and future

*Third,* the ideology of perpetual growth is in contradiction with living
on a finite planet with delicately interwoven ecological systems and
limited natural resources. Economic development must become *qualitative,*
rather than quantitative. *Fourth*, the perpetual framework of money
scarcity and debt financing, enforced by the global privatized banking
system, needs to be transformed into a public, debt-free system focused on
empowering creativity and sustainable productivity while engendering
reasonable economic equality.

None of these needed changes to the system can happen apart from the
larger paradigm-shift from the early-modern paradigm of fragmentation to
the newly understood holistic planetary paradigm. The world-system is an
integral product of the early-modern paradigm and there can be no economic
liberation outside the context of fundamental paradigm-shift to holism:
cultural, political, economic, and civilizational.

As social scientists Boswell and Chase-Dunn affirm: “A system of sovereign
states (i.e. with an overarching definition of sovereignty) is fundamental
to the origins and reproduction of the capitalist world economy” (2000:
23). Social scientist Thomas R. Shannon concludes: “The political power
of the capitalist class reinforces the tendency for the state to support
the national capitalist class. As a consequence of this interstate
competition, the world system has been characterized by repeated wars and
shifting military alliances” (1989: 35).

It avails little to talk about what might be the best economic system
without recognizing that the liberation cannot happen without
transformation of the entire world system from fragmentation to holism.
This holistic transformation is concentrated and articulated in the
for the Federation of Earth. The Anatomy of a Sustainable World * goes
into the economic arrangements provided by the *Earth Constitution* in
some detail. But the more fundamental point should not be missed: it is
the transformation itself, the uniting of the world under the holistic
framework of the *Earth Constitution* that will be the key to an
economics of universal prosperity and sustainability.

From this transformed paradigm everything else follows, including a
transformed economics. Here is a list of some of the specific economic
consequences that follow from ratification of the *Earth Constitution:*

· Global public, debt-free banking directed toward sustainable
productivity of use-values for all people on Earth. This means that money
is created by the Earth Federation and lent at low interest or interest
free to any and all who have a sustainable productive project that can
protect the environment, produce use-values, or engender new techniques or
discoveries. Universal credit from debt-free public money is a public
utility, a right of everyone on the Earth.

· One universal currency valued the same everywhere and one
universal set of wage standards and corresponding limits on private profit
legislated by law for the empowerment of global ecological and productive
health and the common good of the Earth.

· All non-productive extractive activities (such as rent and
interest) abolished or minimized along with all non-productive financial
speculation. (In a recent interview posted at Information Clearinghouse,
economist Michael Hudson points out that Marx and the classical economists
were all in agreement that these non-productive activities served as a drag
on both production and universal economic prosperity.)

· Income security for everyone, including quality health-care,
education, accident insurance, food, housing, clean water and sanitation.
(It has been repeatedly shown that these are relatively inexpensive and
easily provided merely by converting the trillions of dollars now spent on
militarism worldwide to these necessities of life.)

· Carefully monitoring of all the Earth’s ecosystems, productive
activities, and technologies by agencies of the Integrative Complex to
ensure integration of human activities with the ecological balances of our
planet. (Just as there is no political freedom without the regulation of
democratic laws, so there is no economic freedom without economic
regulation in the service of the common welfare.)

· Cooperative and local enterprises legally empowered and promoted
everywhere on Earth. The Provisional World Parliament has already taken
steps in this direction with World Legislative Act 63: the Cooperative
Communities Empowerment Act. (With their externalization of costs now
forbidden by law, giant multinational corporations will not be able to
complete with locally grown food and local cooperative production and will
soon begin breaking up and divesting into ecologically sustainable, more
cooperative enterprises.)

· Massive public works projects employing former military personnel
and underemployed people worldwide in restoring the environment, planting
trees, cleaning up pollution, and converting to solar and clean forms of
energy. (The people of Earth want and need to be put to work, and there is
plenty of valuable work that needs to be done. The absurdity of the present
system is that it puts people out of work.)

It should be clear that none of these essential features of a liberated
world economy is possible without the paradigm-shift to the unity in
diversity of the *Earth Constitution. *On the other hand, all of these
transformative innovations not only go together but would be relatively
easy to implement by the World Parliament under the authority given to it
by the *Earth Constitution. *Economics follows from this holistic

Economic speculation apart from the holistic transformation effected by
the *Earth Constitution* is relatively futile because it puts the cart
before the horse. Global capitalism and the system of sovereign
nation-states form one integral world-system premised on false,
early-modern paradigm assumptions. The *Constitution *transforms the
whole world system to the holism of unity in diversity. And from this
paradigm-shift, and from this alone, follows economic liberation.


Boswell and Chase-Dunn (2000). * The Spiral of Capitalism and Socialism:
Toward Global Democracy. *Lynne Reinner Publisher.

Shannon, Thomas R. (1989). *An Introduction to World-System Perspective.

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