The Concept of Democracy and Our Global Social Contract

Glen T. Martin   Part One: The Concept of Democracy   Most people commonly understand that the word “democracy” literally means “rule of the people.” However, what this means in practice has long been contested and continues today to be plagued with deep misunderstandings.  Is democracy a matter of conserving traditions and inherited forms of…

The Human Community and Our Global Social Contract

Glen T. Martin We stand at a critical moment in the Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures…

Human Rights and Our Global Social Contract

Glen T. Martin Radford University   Part One: What are Human Rights? Human rights derive from the immeasurable dignity and intrinsic worth of the human person.  Lists of rights, such as the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, attempt to spell out what this immeasurable dignity means in terms of life among others in a…

Human Dignity and Our Global Social Contract

Glen T. Martin Radford University   Defining dignity   A human being lives temporally within a dynamic present continuously integrating her relationships between a remembered past and a projected future. The past is ‘already’, but is subject to an on-going reinterpretation of the meaning and coherence of its events. The future is ‘not yet’, and…

Legitimate Political Authority and Our Global Social Contract

Glen T. Martin Radford University     The philosophical tradition in the West has developed the theoretical foundations of political authority and law since the time of Plato. The collective work of the central figures of this tradition clearly revealed the principles behind legitimate enforceable law. Today, these theoretical principles behind political authority have been…

Global Ethics in Relation to Our Global Social Contract

Part One: The Subversion of Ethical Theory by Positivism. Human beings are today in the throes of a paradigm-shift from the early-modern paradigm and toward a fundamentally different orientation that I call ‘the holistic paradigm’. The former is based on a series of false conclusions drawn from early-modern science (the so-called Newtonian paradigm). One of…

The Nature and Function of Our Global Social Contract

The Nature and Function of Our Global Social Contract Glen T. Martin Social contract as “external agreement.” The phrase “social contract” may give the impression, so common in capitalist societies, of some external agreement among contracting parties. Some of the 18th century social contract theorists such as John Locke also had the idea that human…

Fundamentals of Human Liberation

Fundamental Principles of Human Liberation Glen T. Martin   Everywhere I travel on our planet people speak of political corruption. Many of the politicians who supposedly represent their people in government are really bought and paid for by corporations, wealthy patrons, or criminal enterprises.  Everywhere on Earth the wealthiest 1% run the show, the top…

The Sovereignty of Humanity

Glen T. Martin Our time is a time of vast danger for the future of humankind and the integrity of our precious Earth.  Forces of disintegration, division, and war everywhere attack human unity and inhibit the emergence of a planetary civilization based on our common humanity. Human beings continue to cling to pseudo-realities, pseudo-realities that…

For all NGO Organizations, Cities, Territories, Educational Facilities, and Other Institutions Our Global Work for a World of Justice, Peace, Freedom, and Sustainability

The Earth Federation Movement (EFM) includes a worldwide network of persons, chapters, institutions, and organizations all of whom support the study, promotion, and ratification of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth, also known as the Earth Constitution. These persons, groups, and institutions come from many cultures, religions, nations, and backgrounds. The one thing they…