The thought of a government for the whole world has been nurtured for centuries in nearly every culture in one form or the other. With the advancement of civilization, these seeds kept sprouting, though the formation of a world government still remained a mirage. It is no more a mirage in the 21st century because there is no shortage of tools with which to form a democratically elected world parliament; there is only a shortage of sincere workers.
How to sprout and nourish this centuries-old seed to its meaningful growth is the subject of Rescue Plan for Planet Earth.
The author argues further that a global referendum is possible because of the Internet. He has established a website (www.voteworldparliament.org) where citizens from any corner of the world, provided they have Internet access, can vote. He has created a non-profit organization called “Vote World Parliament” to kick-start the global referendum.
The author targets two main forces, security and environment, that could lead to omnicide, or self-extinction. Writing about security, author Stark points out that nations have enough weapons to destroy the world several times over. The other force that could lead to omnicide is global warming, or climate change, which is also a supranational problem, requiring a supranational authority to handle it.
The author is convinced that the areas of security and warming can be handled successfully only by a democratically elected world government. This government would require also a democratic constitution. Stark discusses constitutional matters in chapter 12. He suggests a way to divide the world into constituencies for the purpose of election on worldwide basis in chapter 8, called “Implementation.”; Concerning financial needs, he proposes that the world parliament levy taxes on the citizens and also to sell Peace Bonds, something along the lines of War Bonds. Taxes for the world government should not increase the over-all burden of citizens because national taxes can be reduced as a result of a predictable reduction in the military expenses of every nation.
It is a fact that a war starts first in the mind. It is also a fact that every weapon that has been invented or discovered has been used, most on massive scales. Nuclear weapons have not been used on a massive scale yet, but in the light of human history there is every likelihood that they will be, sooner or later. As a result, the civilization that has taken centuries to build up can be annihilated within days, if not hours. This is what concerns the author. He is also concerned that terrorist groups may acquire these nuclear weapons.
Rescue Plan for Planet Earth is a serious book by Jim Stark, a serious anti-war writer and a peace activist who has been crusading for years for a democratically elected world government. He has been and is still obsessed, rather with more vigour, with this ideology because of the growing fear of complete self-extinction.
Readers may doubt whether a global referendum can be done, or whether such a referendum would pass, and they may doubt that the world parliament that Jim Stark advocates is even possible. Whether one believes in his strategy or not, Rescue Plan for Planet Earth is a must read book because peace concerns every citizen of the world.
The concept of one government for the world has been around for centuries. What was considered utopian is within the realm of possibility. Jim Stark quotes freely from statesmen, scientists, writers, singers and others, including Pope John Paul II to convince his readers that he is not alone in his beliefs. Whether he succeeds in his goal or not is a different matter. What is most important here are the sincere and achievable beliefs of the author that have already started stirring the ocean of inaction. He deserves to be admired for pointing out a way to save planet earth.
Award-winning writer Stephen Gill has authored books of literary criticism, historical/ political nature, fiction and collections of poems. His poetry and prose have appeared in more than five hundred publications. He writes mostly about peace. For details, please visit: www.stephengill.ca