The Earth Party
Blueprint for a Mature Civilization
Step 1E: Establish the
It's time to govern ourselves as One Planet.
So many of our challenges - including the most serious ones, like the global ecological crisis - are unsolvable by nations acting as separate units. Planetary governance is the only way to address them, and the only way our civilization is going to survive.
Now, you might be thinking:
"I don't want globalism!"
Well thank heavens! Neither do we!
We do not support the secretive, shadowy, transnational cult of greedy billionaires, known as globalists, who are hijacking the age old dream of Liberty, and twisting it to obtain more power and control for themselves.
We do not support globalist tyranny.
We believe in Planetary Consciousness. That's not globalism. They are two completely different things.
In fact, Planetary Consciousness is the way to defeat the globalists.
Probably the only way.
We believe in local self sufficiency, and in the power of small, local communities to determine their own course, as long as they respect others' right to the same. And our economic system (as was explained on the previous page) ensures the maximal ability to do this - to free your community from dependency on faraway hierarchies and bureaucracies, from both big gov and big corp.
If you're still concerned, we hear you! But please, hear us out too! Planetary Consciousness is absolutely essential to all of our survival. And it's not globalism.
Our page Globalism vs. Nationalism explains why in further detail.
Be open-minded! Have a look!
Sticks and stones
can break your bones,
but ideas can never hurt you!
Read: Globalism vs. Nationalism.
Anyway, lets get started.
The Earth Party is establishing a planetary government. It's name is the Planetary Protectorate.
This is a prototype of its symbol (Great Seal):
It consists of 5 levels and 5 branches:
The levels are:
And the branches are:
Council, Assembly, Senate, Guardianship, and Service
"How does it work? What are the relationships between the branches? How are officeholders elected?"
To find out how the Protectorate works, you can follow this link to the Protectorate website. There is a concise guided tour that will show you all the basics of how it operates.
Have a look:
The link will open in a new window, so you don't lose your place here.
Did you have a look? Got a good feel for how it works?
OK, let's continue.
The first question on most people's minds is:
"How would we prevent tyranny? How does this system ensure that the planetary government won't become oppressive?"
The Protectorate has 3 prime defenses against tyranny, which we call the Bulwarks of Liberty.
The Bulwarks of Liberty:
1. Recognition of Natural Law
2. Divisions of Power
3. Land-Based Sequential Democracy
We'll now explain each.
Bulwark of Liberty #1:
Recognition of Natural Law
This comes first because it's the strongest and most vital of all.
The key difference between Natural Law and the current nation-state "legal system" is that in Natural Law, law does not change.
Since the Law does not change, and cannot be changed by any man, woman, person, group, organization or institution of any kind (not even by us, the Protectorate), and everyone learns this from kindergarten on up, and it's on the front page of every Protectorate publication, the Protectorate cannot abuse its power, because abuse would require changing the law to make itself more powerful - but the law cannot change. No one can legislate themselves the authority to commit abuses, because there's no such thing as legislation - people can't make laws.
And we don't need to, because we already have a law that covers everything law needs to cover.
Since the Protectorate can't change the law (and no one can), it doesn't get legal authority to violate it and commit abuses upon the people, the land, or its residents.
Natural Law is more than just a Check&Balance - it's a true, solid bulwark.
For further explanation of why this is so vital, see our page:
"How do you know the government won't conveniently "forget" about this Natural Law?"
Because of the Governing Creed.
The Creed is as follows:
Bulwark of Liberty #2:
Land-Based Sequential Democracy
Land-Based Sequential Democracy is the system by which we elect the Council branch - the main decision-making branch.
It's very simple.
As you saw, there are 5 branches of government and 5 levels. Lets focus on the levels.
It all starts in the Villages.
Each Village meets together in a Village Council, and elects the wisest person from among the Village to be a Village delegate.
This isn't hard to do - it's much easier than electing wise politicians in the current system. In a Village, everybody knows everybody. You know who's an idiot, and you know who's wise.
All of the other Villages in the vicinity will do the same.
All of those Village delegates will then meet in the Township, and together will constitute the Township Council.
So, the Township Council consists of the wisest person from each of the Township's Villages.
A pretty wise council.
Then, the process repeats at the next level. The Township Council elects the wisest person from its number, to be a Township delegate. The other Townships in the vicinity all do the same, and all of those delegates will then meet in the City, to together constitute the City Council.
The City Council then consists of the wisest person from each of the City's Townships. Really wise.
The process repeats again. The City Council elects its wisest member to be the City delegate, who goes on to join all of the other City delegates in the Region, to form the Regional Council.
The Regional Council consists of the wisest person from each of the Region's Cities. Really, really wise.
And finally, each Regional Council elects its wisest member to join the Planetary Council.
The Planetary Council thus consists of the wisest person from each of the planet's Regions.
Super, duper, ultra, mega wise.
And that's how it works. That's Land-Based Sequential Democracy!
"OK, I think I get it. What are the benefits of this system?"
There are four main benefits.
First, everyone personally knows everyone they're voting for. In the current system, you don't know the politicians you're voting for - you don't know them from Adam (or Eve). You just kinda have to... trust them. But why? You don't know them!
In Land-Based Sequential Democracy, you do know the candidates. You live next to them, work with them, and face the challenges of life together beside them. You see how they live, how they respond to challenges, and how they make decisions. You see it on a near-daily basis. You know what kind of stuff they're made of.
Then, once they're elected as delegates and join the Township Council, they get to meet all of those delegates. They govern together, and face the challenges of the Township together. They know what kind of stuff each other are made of. And when they vote, they have an intimate knowledge of whom they're voting for.
Then again, at the City Council, they all work together too, and know each other. They know whom they're voting for.
Same at Regional Council.
No matter which level of the process you're referring to, everybody personally knows the people they're voting for.
And since there are only 5 levels, every person - including you - is only 4 degrees of separation from the High Council of the Planet.
And not only that, but you know exactly the pathway of it. You know exactly who knows whom. Someone you know... knows someone... who knows someone... who knows a High Council member.
Secondly, this system is anti-fragile. It doesn't depend on the internet. Or on computers. In fact, there is no election machinery needed whatsoever. Everything can be done with the human voice. No one needs to worry about systems failing, or vote hacking, vote theft, vote fraud... none of that. It's 100% direct and organic. It's fool-proof.
And thirdly, it facilitates input from a wide diversity of places and biomes.
Founders of governments have begun, in these recent centuries, to understand that power must be spread out geographically.
Everyone worries about the danger of centralization - of concentrating too much power in one central location or institution. This is the reason why electoral maps are drawn, and each part of a country gets equal (or that's the attempt) representation in the country's legislature. The idea is to spread power out geographically, so everyone everywhere gets a say - and not just the people in the capital or a tiny clique in the palace.
And Land-Based Sequential Democracy is the ultimate manifestation of this insight. It spreads the election process over the land in the most equal way imaginable - not just at the level of "districts" or "ridings" (rather large areas), but down to each and every Township - even unto each and every individual Village!
And fourthly - and most importantly of all - Land-Based Sequential Democracy facilitates the empowerment of wisdom.
For the first time in a long time (all of history?), humanity will have a way to elect wise people, and have them rise through the ranks of power.
Wisdom is the essential quality of good governance, and ours is the only system designed to maximize it.
For centuries, the designers of governments and Constitutions have made one critical assumption: that decision-makers will always be selfish, greedy, power-hungry sociopaths, and that there's nothing we can do about that - that we're stuck with such people as our leaders for all time.
A broad assumption, if you ask us...
But, due to this assumption, the framers of these systems have sought to "make do" by designing checks and balances to keep the sociopathy of the leaders in check by dividing them up, and pitting the sociopathic tendencies of one against the sociopathic tendencies of the other.
The idea is to cancel each of them out, and achieve balance of power. No faction can become TOO abusive, because if it does, the others will intervene and restrain it, and perhaps even censure or punish the officials who abused their powers.
It's not a bad idea. It's proven useful. But it's keeping us limited. It's forcing us to resign ourselves to perpetual governance by sociopaths - keeping us always one small step away from chaos or tyranny.
It just kind of... writes that assumption into the narrative.
But we question that narrative.
We don't buy the idea of sociopathy being inevitable in government. It isn't.
We believe that it's possible to elect wise leaders - good, magnanimous people who have foresight, who make decisions based on wisdom.
We believe this type of person has the ability to comprise our government. All we need is a system that facilitates their empowerment.
"But that doesn't happen! Look around you! Look at our politicians! It's not possible for good people to rise into power... AND remain good, AND continue rising. It's not possible!"
Well, of course not - we're not currently using Land-Based Sequential Democracy!
The current system is not designed for facilitating wisdom in leaders. It's designed for facilitating sociopathy. (Because each group wants their own sociopath, to keep the sociopaths of the other groups in check!)
Your current system brings out the sociopaths. It's designed for that, and it does a very effective job of it. The more sociopathic a person is, the more the political system facilitates their rise through the ranks.
But if it's possible to have a system designed to bring out one trait, could it be possible to have another system that brings out another trait?
A trait like... wisdom?
If it's possible to design a system that empowers sociopathy, then it ought to be possible to design another system, one which empowers wisdom instead.
Bulwark of Liberty #3
Divisions of Power
Modern governing systems have what are called divisions of power. These have been woven into every democratic system of the past few hundred years.
In the USA, for instance, there are 3 branches (Legislative, Judicial, and Executive) and 2.5 levels of federalism (Federal and State, plus County is half because the states reserve complete authority to override county decisions).
Other federal republics, like Germany, Mexico, Brazil, and Russia have 2 solid levels of federalism. Most countries have 0 - they're unitary, meaning that the national government can override all decisions of smaller units, and the only reason why those smaller units exist is to save the big guys the trouble of micromanaging - but any time the big guys want to intervene, they can.
In the Planetary Protectorate, there are 5 branches and 5 levels of federalism!
"How do the branches relate to each other? How is their power divided?"
There are 3 main divisions of power:
1. Deliberative vs. Actional
2. Force vs. Non-Force
Power Division #1:
Deliberative vs. Actional
The first division of power - practiced by all modern countries with the exception of absolute monarchies - is the division into Deliberative vs. Actional.
The deliberative branches make the decisions, and the actional branches carry those decisions out. This is designed to prevent the people who enforce the decisions from having the power to make the very decisions that they want to enforce.
In the USA, there are two deliberative branches (Legislative and Judicial), and one actional branch (Executive).
In the Planetary Protectorate, there are three deliberative branches:
(Council, Assembly, and Senate)...
...and two actional branches:
(Guardianship and Service).
Power Division #2:
Force vs. Non-Force
The actional branches are further divided into one that may use force in the discharge of its duties, and one that may not.
The Guardianship Branch may use force, but the Service Branch may not.
Guardianship is tasked with one duty, and only one: upholding the Law of the Earth. Guardians aren't here to construct anything, make changes to society, or advance some social agenda - they're only here to protect the basic rights of beings, and the integrity of the ecosystem.
The Service branch is what does all that other stuff.
This division helps to ensure that force is only used where it's warranted - in defense - and not for the advancement of one person 's (or group's) will or desires over another.
Most current nation-state systems confuse the two. The people overseeing the advancement of social agendas are the same people, who, in another context, can pull out a gun and use physical force to protect people. The same people are tasked with both, and they have to be able to tell which context is which. Sometimes, they get confused, and use force in the service of activities that shouldn't be forced.
This is one of the prime causes of government overreach and intrusion into people's lives.
Power Division #3:
The deliberation is subdivided into three branches:
Council, Assembly, and Senate.
The Council is the "voice of wisdom" or the "voice of the land." (If you don't know why, stay tuned, it will be explained in Bulwark of Liberty #3).
The Assembly is the "voice of the People." It's much larger than the Council - its purpose is to include as many voices as possible, maximizing the chance that, no matter who you are, you'll be represented, and no matter what your grievances are, they'll be heard.
The Planetary Assembly
-Approximately 20,000 members
-Meets in stadiums around the world (approximately 500 stadiums seat 20,000+)
-Elected via internet, in Real-Time Democracy (also called "Approval Voting")
-Each citizen registers their vote for a specific delegate online
-Threshold for election is 400,000 (because 8,000,000,000 divided by 20,000 = 400,000)
-Whenever a delegate reaches 400,000 votes, they are considered elected
-Citizens can withdraw or change their vote at any time
-Whenever a delegate's approval falls below 400,000 they are dis-elected
Real-Time Democracy is the process for electing Assembly at the Levels of Planetary and Eco-Region. For the other 3 Levels (City, Township, and Village), Assembly includes everyone who shows up to the meeting (there is no "election" for Assembly at sub-Regional levels.)
Purpose of Assembly:
-To illuminate issues that matter to people across the world.
-To give voice to diverse groups - bringing their concerns to the global stage.
-To inform the Council of what problems need deliberation.
-To satisfy human urges for celebrity-worship. Most members will be celebrities, elected for glamour and popularity - while leaving the serious deliberations of governance to the professionals (Council).
-Assembly is only an advisory body. True decision-making authority belongs to Council.
It's safer this way, because:
-Council is smaller, and can have real conversations
-Internet voting can be hacked, but Land-Based Successive Delegation (LBSD), (the Council-election process - i.e. Villages -> Townships -> Cities, etc.) relies on no computers
-LBSD filters out ignorance and demagoguery, sending only the wisest people up the ladder at each level
-LBSD involves a meditative, sacred process, more intimately connected to the Earth.
One member appointed by each existing nation-state (approximately 196).
-Providing nation-states a forum to discuss their issues and keep the planet's peace
-Brokering Arms-Reduction treaties (dismantling weapons)
-Coordinating the planetization of military forces and hardware (transferring it from nations to the Planetary Protectorate, until the Protectorate is the world's preeminent military force). The ratio should be 10 reduction for every 1 planetization.
-The Senate also advises the High Council, but the latter has final authority.
-In essence, the Senate keeps the old system stable, to prevent chaos, while simultaneously ushering in the new system.
Senate, like all the branches, is reiterated at each of the 5 Levels:
-At the City level, Senators are appointed by existing city/county/municipal governments.
-At the Township level, Senators are appointed by existing township/municipal governments
-At the Village level, Senators are appointed by existing neighborhood associations (if they exist).
If there is no existing government at a particular level, then there does not need to be a Senate at that level.
At any level, once the Protectorate has enough power at that level, and the transition to the new system is complete, the Senate may disband, reducing government from 5 Branches to 4.
Each gets its input from a different source:
Council from the wisdom of the land
Assembly from listening directly to the concerns of the people
Senate from the knowledge that comes from xperience.
Wisdom, Empathy, Experience
But assembly distracts ppl from serious council. Celebrity always more appealing than humble local
The ppl distracted entirely by assembly, so much so that they dont even bother with council, shouldnt be electing council anyway.
What if vote w o knowlwsge?
In order to vote in LBSD, must attend majority of meetings throughout past year.
Waived for first year of org
Small vill, assmbly and council are same
Guardianship is where the true power is, and since it's a separate branch from service (all the myriad projects governments do), it can be watched more closely. And thus, it should be overseen by the wiser of the two deliberative branches.
The wiser of the deliberative branches oversees the more powerful of the action branches.
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