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HRG's Concepts for World Federation
Four essays describing
John Ewbank's vision for world government:

1. Aspirations of Home Rule Globally
  HRG's goal is sustainable justice, globally. To bring it about in a democratic and peaceful way Ewbank recommends world federation based on the principle of subsidiarity. This would reassure nation states that their sovereignty would remain essentially unchanged, and secondly would affirm the principle of maximum decentralized autonomy for regional and local governments. A contest to select a world federal constitution that would be acceptable to a critical mass established national powers is discussed. Publicity generated to promote each contending constitutional proposal would serve to focus public attention and ease uncertainty about the prospective transition to world federalism.

2. HRG's Galaxian Proposal
  This is Ewbank's personal entry in the conjectured competition to select a global constitution. He calls it the "Galaxian" proposal -- because he sees its basic premise of decentralized federalism as the only reasonable form of government for a galactic civilization where the distances between nodes of population would be so far apart that centralized governance would be impractical. (See Ewbank's book review of "Twillinger's Voyage," a science fiction novel which provides an example of what that might be like.)

3. Scuttle the Politicians
  This is the longest article on the HRG website and it touches on most of Ewbank's ideas for world federation. He contends that a world government that respects historically evolved national and local institutions, should appeal to the power brokers of the world if only they could be brought to realize that the risks of continuing the global status quo -- with nations trying to exploit one another, fighting wars and manipulating currencies -- are far greater than the risks of decentralized global federalism.

4. A Global Parliament
  The UN's delegates represent the interests of their national rulers, while the delegates to a global parliament would represent voters around the world. Ewbank pragmatically suggests giving appropriate voice to influential constituencies as well. If each such constituency had a "chamber" in the overall parliament, clearly one of them would be a "chamber of nations." Other chambers might represent age brackets (youth, the elderly), genders, persons with economic expertise, persons with scientific expertise. etc. Methods of selecting delegates are considered, such as direct election, selection by highly qualified experts, or random selection by lottery.

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