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by Garry Davis


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PROLOGUE TO SPEECHES

Considering the critical need, the literature on world government is strangely inconsequential compared to, for instance, that on World War II. Aside for E.B. White, Jonathan Shell, and a few elitist academicians like Elizabeth Mann Borgese and Elise Boulding, no prominent writers to my knowledge have dared to broach the controversial, even frightening subject in script or speech. A few science-fiction writers, notably Asimov and Clarke, describing the future, have often assumed a worldly or "earth" government as a given but with little detail as to structure, how it got there and who runs it.

As one who wilfully transcended the national framework almost fifty years ago, while at the same time invoking an inclusive earth-bound allegiance I called world citizenship, in sheer defense of that unique status, I was obliged to declare a "world government" in 1953 if only to govern me, and other declared globalists (though I did somewhat impertinently include humanity in its symbolic framework). The "Ellsworth Declaration" - the 1st chapter in my book World Government, Ready or Not! - set forth that claim. The preposterous if timely declaration understandably led to a certain amount of public indifference. Contrarily, over the years, as public awareness of the nation-state's breakdown, categorized by war, began to increase abetted by the fatal environmental crises, the world government elicited intensifying and enthusiastic support from many quarters. Mainly through anti-bureaucratic inventions such as its own World passport, those unfortunate humans who became victims of national wars, refugees and stateless persons, were particularly enthusiastic when they learned of its documentary services.

To explain myself and world government, I was often invited to speak to seemingly disparate groups. You have in your hands some of those talks.

Though I wear various hats in addressing different groups: presidential candidate, professor, former soldier, international lawyer, cybernetician, educator, health advocate, environmentalist, humanist, or just plain “Head of World Government,” there is bound to be repitition of concept and practice throughout the texts. I thought it best to leave the talks intact rather than try to edit out the repetition since in any case, you will choose selectively, But the nain thesis is constant: World Government exists HERE and NOW. Arguments about how to bring it about are over at least for me and the hundreds of thousands of others who have chosen it as the object of their highest political allegiance.

Today, more hundreds of thousands if not millions consider themselves world citizens. Given the philosophy that communication helps evolve better understanding, this collection I hope will serve to help define this new civic status so as to be more effective in our common social environment gone global.

Table of Contents

THE ELLSWORTH DECLARATION 4 September, 1953 1
UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY 2 April 1979 22
WORLD GOVERNMENT OR WORLD WAR
     International Association of Educators for World Peace
25 November 1982 39
WORLD GOVERNMENT & YOU
     Macrobiotic World Congress
31 August 1984 48
WORLD GOVERNMENT, READY OR NOT
     Whole Life Exposition
1 September 1984 58
GLOBAL UPDATE 1985
     Macrobiotic Congress
31 August 1985 68
WORLD GOVERNMENT OR WORLD WAR?
     Humanist Society of New York
21 October 1985 80
WORLD GOVERNMENT, CATALYTIC META-AGENT
     International Society of General Systems Research
27-30 May 1986 92
WORLD GOVERNMENT, CATALYTIC META-AGENT (ABSTRACT)
     International Society of General Systems Research
  98
HOW TO LEGITIMIZE HUMANITY
     International Law Society, Geo. Washington University
10 March 1987 111
WORLD PEACE THROUGH WORLD GOVERNMENT
     Middlebury College
19 January 1987 125
WORLD PEACE IS OUR BUSINESS
     University of Virginia, Charlottesville
7 November 1987 149
DREAMING THE NEW GEO-POLITICAL DREAM
     Sun Valley Symposium, Idaho
1 November 1987 153
WORLD CITIZENSHIP AND HUMAN RIGHTS
     Leo Gross Society for International Law,
     Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy
26 April 1988 163
WHY I AM A CANDIDATE FOR U.S. PRESIDENT
     University of Tennessee
10 May 1988 179

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