Home Rule Globally


      Abstract of -
An Illustrative Scenario for Launching
      a Global Federation

The first step in this illustrative scenario would be to solicit contestants who would "campaign" to lead a prospective global federation. Ideally this job of soliciting contestants would be done by public spirited leaders such as those described by Robert Greenleaf, who is known for popularizing the "servant leadership" concept. Each contestant would have a specific proposal about how global government should be set up. And each such campaign would be paired with an opposition campaign dedicated to criticizing that specific proposal. In concept this pairing of opposites is similar to the adversarial system used in courtrooms, where each side has equal opportunity to prepare and present its case.

Before addressing how the contest would be won, this essay discusses how a tie would be handled. Ewbank suggests that "neighborhood preferences," gathered from the grass roots, should be tabulated to break any tie in the initial selection process. In contrast to traditional governments, which dominate the grass roots, this would demonstrate grass roots empowerment and help to overcome skepticism about world federalism.

Next, Ewbank's illustrative scenario details various suggested rules to hedge the initial selection process. For example, contest rules might permit a nation to accept or reject a proposal only after 75% or more of its provinces had evaluated it. Here the term "evaluated" means "voted for or against" that proposal. Similarly, no Province could vote on a proposal unless at least 20 of its localities had evaluated it. And likewise, no local jurisdiction could vote on a proposal unless individual voters amounting to at least 20% of the adult population had evaluated it. The point of this hierarchy of conditions is to ensure that there would be widespread participation in the contest, as well as awareness of the specific proposals. The specific figures or percentages set forth are not meaningful except as illustrative possible magnitudes.

Among other issues addressed are finances, taxes, budgets, constitutional ammendments, term limits for parliamentarians, and diverse parliamentary chambers such as one for women. The surprising and original aspects of Ewbank's scenario represent a response to the "goofs" of self styled experts who have laid out grand plans for world federation. Ewbank does not lay out a grand plan, but rather a process for developing one that is open to inventiveness and replete with self-correcting mechanisms.