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The Galaxian Proposal

In his other essays that deal with proposals or entries that would compete in an hypothetical ratification contest for a World Federalist constitution, Ewbank carefully identifies details pertaining to such proposals as "illustrative". This Galaxian Proposal is different: while it has illustrative numbers to sketch out details like range-brackets for categories of age, net-worth, or taxable income, on the whole it embodies Ewbank's personal ideas for decentralist federalism. The term "galaxian" suggests that this is a model that would work equally well in outer space (such as the high frontier described in the SF novel "Twillinger's Voyage" – see Ewbank's review of that book in the "Relevant Reports" section of this archive). In that novel, the political structure is a federation whose autonomous nodes are often light years apart.

Most of this essay is devoted to explaining how the Galaxian Proposal would do away with the three great oppressive structures that Ewbank identifies: national militarism, national monetarism, and national political parties. His proposal about the military is fundamentally libertarian: privatize all military functions; regulate them so no military enterprise can exceed a certain size; and let them compete as mercenary outfits for contract work. His monetary proposal is similar: revert to private bank notes instead of national currencies and let banks compete; regulate them by limiting them in various ways; and establish a unit "basket of commodities" (analogous to the basket of consumer goods and services measured to establish the annual social security adjustment for "cost of living" changes) as the monetary unit used for a reserve currency by the global monetary regulator and for all financial transactions involving the global government.

Ewbank's solution to opressive political structures begins with the assumption that there is some way to objectively determine if applicants for government positions are "servant leaders" or not, He maps out a prominent role for such individuals in this Galaxial constitutional proposal. On top of that, he describes a system of rules that limit the term that anyone can serve in the legislature, and dices up the legislature so its composition will be sufficiently hetrogeneous to avoid domination by a homogeneous majority. Government funding is an issue that he addresses with decentralism when it comes to tax collection, and centralism when it comes to setting global rules to forestall "tax arbitrage" or tax-haven shopping. All political and government functions are subject to checking or balancing, usually by randomly or scientifically chosen jurors and tribunals that are empowered to intervene when some law, regulation or judicial decision runs counter to common sense and public benefit.

Ewbank evidently put a lot of thought into this Galaxial Proposal and it reflects the same sort of thinking that went into framing the U.S.Constitution: a desire to minimize centralized power; an awareness that power corrupts; and faith that checks, balances, and fair competition will tend to prevent excessive accumulations of power.