In less than a year, the United Nations will convene a special
Millennium Assembly as a global summit on the future of the world.
This event will crown a decade of preparation to launch the new
millennium on a new system of global governance. The blueprint
was published by the Commission on Global Governance in 1995.
Now, a Charter to achieve global governance has been developed
for presentation at the Millennium Assembly in September 2000.
It will be available to the public on U.N. Day, October 24th.
It is called The Charter for Global Democracy. It has already
been signed by influential leaders in 56 nations, and has the
support of civil society non-government organizations (NGOs) around
the world. The document is, in reality, a charter for the abolition
of individual freedom.
The first of 12 principles calls for the consolidation of all
international agencies under the direct authority of the United
The second principle calls for regulation by the U.N. of all transnational
corporations and financial institutions, requiring an international
code of conduct concerning the environment and labor standards.
Principle number three demands an independent source of revenue
for the U.N., such as the Tobin tax and taxes on aircraft and
shipping fuels, and licensing the use of the global commons. The
global commons is defined to be outer space, the atmosphere,
non-territorial seas, and the related environment that supports
Number four would eliminate the veto power and permanent member
status on the Security Council.
Number five would authorize a standing U.N. army.
Number six would require U.N. registration of all arms and the
reduction of all national armies as part of a multilateral global
security system under the authority of the United Nations.
Principle number seven would require individual and national compliance
with all U.N. Human Rights treaties and declarations.
Number eight would activate the International Criminal Court,
make the International Court of Justice compulsory for all nations,
and give individuals the right to petition the courts to remedy
Principle nine calls for a new institution to establish economic
and environmental security by ensuring sustainable development.
Number 10 calls for the establishment of an International Environmental
Number 11 calls for a declaration that climate change is an essential
global security interest that requires the creation of a high-level
action team to allocate carbon emission based on equal per-capita
Principle number 12 calls for the cancellation of all debt owed
by the poorest nations, global poverty reductions, and for equitable
sharing of global resources, as allocated by the United Nations.
As preposterous as these ideas may sound to freedom-loving Americans,
most of the world considers them to be an improvement over their
current circumstance. The fuel that fires the global governance
movement, however, is not the desires of oppressed people, it
is the money supplied by the well-to-do elite who feel the need
to do something to help the less fortunate people of the world.
The strategy for advancing the movement is supplied by those who
expect to control the machinery of global governance.
It is no coincidence that financial contributions in support of
the Charter for Global Democracy are to be made to the London
office of United Nations Association.
Dozens of documents, all promoting some form of world government,
have been circulating for most of the 1990s. All contain these
same principles. The Millennium Assembly will receive these documents
and meld them into the legal instruments required to modify the
existing U.N. Charter. It will take a year or two for the legal
documents to be prepared and adopted, and another year or two
for ratification. The world is truly standing at the threshold
of world government.
Woodrow Wilson brought the world to the same threshold nearly
80 years ago; the United States decided not to enter, and the
League of Nations collapsed. Once again, it is up to the United
States to determine the future of the world. If the United States
embraces this Charter for Global Democracy, the world will be
subjected to global dominance by the United Nations. If the United
States opts out, the world may be spared centuries of inevitable
There is no issue of greater importance in this years election
than where each candidate stands on global governance and national
sovereignty. So far, this issue has not emerged in any national
The United States must prevent this catastrophe-in-the-making.
Global governance, as envisioned by the Commission on Global Governance
and the Charter for Global Democracy cannot succeed without the
support of the United States. The United States must walk away.
For all practical purposes, the next President and the next Senate
will make that decision.
By walking away from the U.N.s vision of global governance, we
are not turning our backs to the rest of the world. Our next President
and Congress should say no to global governance, and offer a better
There is no better idea, nor higher aspiration, than individual
freedom. America pioneered that technology 200 years ago, and
it is still the most valuable asset we possess.
Freedom or democracy?
Freedom and democracy are not synonymous. In most of the world,
the term democracy means the right of citizens to participate
in the process of government. It is a right granted by the government,
and controlled by the government, and if exercised improperly
it is denied by the government. Freedom, on the other hand, is
the God-given right to govern ones self.
Freedom is the power to enter into voluntary agreements with other
people who have precisely the same freedom, to achieve objectives
of mutual benefit, as determined only by the parties to the agreement.
Freedom is the power to make the rules that govern those agreements.
Freedom is the power to create and control a system of general
governance designed to serve its creators. Freedom is the power
to cheat, lie, and stealand learn the consequences of those actions.
Freedom is the power to experiment, to invent, to help othersand
learn the consequences of those actions. Freedom is the ultimate
objective of human kind.
A system of global democracy, administered by the United Nations,
would turn the world away from its primary questindividual freedom.
Poverty cannot be eliminated by taking wealth from some and giving
it to others. The inevitable consequence of such action is the
expansion of poverty, by taking not only wealth, but the incentive
to produce wealth as well.
The environmentthe global commonscannot be protected for long
by regulated preservation. It must be protected by those who use
it to meet their daily needs. Government ownership or control
of the environment is the most certain way to ensure its degradation
through stagnation. People, like virtually every other species
on earth, should be free to use that portion of the environment
they can control in whatever way they choose. If they abuse that
environment, the environment will not sustain them. If they cultivate
and care for that environment, it will sustain them.
This is a fundamental law of nature that cannot be repealed by
any institution of government. In the long term, government attempts
to manage the environment become, in retrospect, examples of gross
mismanagement. Individuals, managing that portion of the planet
they are able to control, provide the surest way to achieve a
healthy, vibrant environment for all.
Freedom is the power to gain control over a portion of the environmentland
ownership. Freedom is the power to defend that land, by whatever
means necessary, from those who have not learned the consequences
of cheating, lying, or stealing. Freedom is the power to use the
resources the land provides to create products and services others
are willing to buy. Freedom is the power to buy products and services
others have produced.
These are the ideas for which the world hungers. These are the
better ideas America should offer the world. Because these ideas
have produced prosperity beyond the wildest dreams of the rest
of the world, we should happily share our freedom technology with
Democracy can be imposed upon people by government; freedom cannot
be imposed. Freedom must be learned through experience. Sometimes
the experience is bloody, as it was in America, and always it
is painful, as is the current learning experience in Russia. It
is the price we must pay for the benefits freedom bestows.
America should stop pouring its prosperity down the United Nations
drain. Instead, it should help directly any nation that wants
its people to be free. If given the choice, the people of every
nation would choose individual freedom over a system of U.N. handouts.
The governments of those nations, however, are not likely to embrace
the possibility of relinquishing power. Governments of every stripe
around the world are the obstacles preventing individual freedom.
The people of the United States should first ensure their continued
freedom by limiting the power of the government through the people
elected to represent us. We should insist that America never relinquish
one more ounce of its national sovereignty, and begin to reclaim
our national sovereignty by disengaging from the labyrinth of
U.N. treaties we have embraced in recent years. We should insist
that our national defense is second to none, and never subject
it to the command of any authority but our own. We should never
relinquish our right for individuals to own and use land, nor
should we allow our government to use our tax dollars to buy the
land which is our posteritys birthright. We should direct our
government to reestablish as its highest priority the protection
of individual freedom for every American.
These ideas are repugnant to the promoters of global democracy
under the authority of the United Nations. These ideas are labeled
as jingoism. These ideas are described as extreme nationalism
bordering on hatred of non-nationals. The opposite is true. These
ideas are offered to the rest of the world because America demonstrates
that these ideas can bring the same kind of benefits to all nations
that embrace them.
This is the message the United States should deliver to the United
Nations. The next President and the next Senate will deliver whatever
message we, the voters, send. If we, the United States, embrace
the Charter for Global Democracy and the world government it establishes,
America will be reduced to the lowest common denominator forced
equity demands. The power of individual freedom will be caged
in history books for generations. It could easily take centuries
of gradual decline and rising oppression before a new generation
of founders cast off the scourge of the U.N.-King and rediscover
the truths upon which Americas founders built our great nation.
We, the people, literally hold the future of the world in our
hands. The people we send to Washington as the result of our next
election will either embrace world government, or reject it. It
is up to us.
Henry Lamb is the executive vice president of the Environmental
Conservation Organization and chairman of Sovereignty International.
He can be reached at <freedom.org>.