Of the conveniently forgotten history behind In Search of a Capitalist Peace
IT'S TIME FOR A CAPITALIST PEACE EXPLORATORY CONVENTION
Pardon me, but can you lend a little sovereignty?
Everyone is born sovereign. Nations may be independent, but they are no more sovereign than Kings. We, the people, lend our sovereignty to various levels of government to solve our common problems. In return, we demand representation, checks, and balances to secure our unalienable rights and prevent tyranny.
Today, citizens from all nations are facing an entangling web of socioeconomic and environmental problems that we must solve together.
NATO—alongside EU—enlargement at the expense of Russia has rekindled Cold War tensions.
Russia and China are rapidly forming a new economic bloc to counter the Western economic order.
Brexit threatens to erode the pacifying effects of the European Union and will likely undermine Atlantic unity.
Attempts to create a democratic peace in the greater Middle East has spawned forever wars and caused a major humanitarian crisis that encourages unsustainable levels of migration.
Multinational corporations (MNCs) continue to take advantage of workers at home and abroad who lack socioeconomic mobility. It’s a form of neoslavery.
Developing nations keep their wage, labor, and environmental standards artificially low to attract foreign investment. It fuels economic inequality and climate change.
WE NEED TO FIND A SOLUTION
Working together, we can find solutions to the above problems using the citizens’ convention approach.
QUICK HISTORY OF THE CITIZENS' CONVENTION APPROACH
In January of 1962, an Atlantic Convention composed of representative citizens from NATO nations was held in Paris, France. Citizen delegations explored evolutionary ways to enhance and strengthen the Atlantic Community. They drafted the Declaration of Paris and encouraged their respective governments to establish a supranational Atlantic union.
On July 4, 1962, speaking at Independence Hall, President John F. Kennedy had the courage speak truth to nationalistic power:
“Acting on our own, by ourselves, we cannot establish justice throughout the world; we cannot insure its domestic tranquility, or provide for its common defense, or promote its general welfare, or secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. But joined with other free nations, we can do all this and more. We can assist the developing nations to throw off the yoke of poverty. We can balance our worldwide trade and payments at the highest possible level of growth. We can mount a deterrent powerful enough to deter any aggression. And ultimately we can help to achieve a world of law and free choice, banishing the world of war and coercion.”
Truth be told, President Kennedy was inspired by the vision of Clarence K. Streit, author of Union Now (1939).
From 1949 to 1980, Members of Congress attempted to transform NATO into an Atlantic Union using the same convention approach used by our Founding Fathers in 1787. Advanced by Streit and the Atlantic Union Committee, this proposed transatlantic union was designed to gradually evolve into a world federation. If successful, they could have created one transatlantic nation out of many with the promise of extending liberty, prosperity, and justice for all in a peaceful, yet deliberate, manner.
Critics, on the other hand, argued that an Atlantic Union based on federalist principles would eventually evolve into a totalitarian world state.
FOR A FREE WORLD ORDER
It is time to revisit and reshape the Atlantic Union idea of the past to meet the needs of the future.
Let’s take a giant leap of faith and hold an online Capitalist Peace Exploratory Convention modeled after the Atlantic Convention of 1962. This time, economists from around the world should meet and explore ways to replace globalization with a world federal trade system based on free market capitalism.
We can prevent the coming world war; avoid a major climate disaster; lift billions out of poverty; and meet growing demands for new social programs if we establish a capitalist world federation that works for all citizens in all nations.
We do not have to surrender our unalienable rights to do so!
Americans must show the world that we are ready to lend a little sovereignty and demand representation, checks, and balances on an international scale. World trade should serve individuals—not nations or MNCs.
WARNING: GLOBAL SUMMIT FOR DEMOCRACY
Former Vice President Joe Biden has already pledged to hold a Global Summit for Democracy in 2021. He is planning to resurrect the Atlantic Union idea in its free trade, imperialistic form. We, the People, must do everything we can to prevent the resurrection of the New World Disorder.
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Using congressional hearings and reports, this book proves that from 1949 to 1980 progressive Members of Congress attempted to transform NATO into an Atlantic Union based on federalist principles, or the UN into a World Federation.
This book documents how Clarence K. Streit and the Atlantic Union Committee inspired the Atlantic Convention of 1962 where representative citizens from NATO nations drafted the Declaration of Paris.
It includes the complete membership roster of the Atlantic Union Committee in 1955.
Applying this history, this book calls on President Donald J. Trump to hold a Capitalist Peace Summit before his first term ends and inspire an online Capitalist Peace Exploratory Convention in his second to prevent another world war by replacing globalization with a new world economic order based on representation, checks, and balances.
This book is required reading for anyone seeking to prevent the coming world war and climate disaster while lifting billions of people out of poverty.
An online Capitalist Peace Exploratory Convention could find innovative ways for capitalist nations to work together to recover from the Coronavirus crisis while decreasing their respective national debt.
We cannot risk more inflation or a monetary crisis!
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CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS, REPORTS, AND RECORDS
THE TAFT YEARS
THE ROOSEVELT YEARS
Representative Jacob Thorkelson on British-Israel World Federation, September 3, 1940
Senator Rush Holt of West Virginia on Influences to Bring the United States into the War, October 3, 1940
Representative Paul Shafer, Cecil Rhodes, Not Streit, Was Author of Union Now, June 6, 1941
Representative Clare Hoffman, The President’s Birthday, January 30, 1942
Representative Jonkman, Federal Union? June 30, 1943
Representative Karl Mundt, Freedom Through Free Government, May 3, 1944
THE TRUMAN YEARS
Mrs. Luce, The Atomic Bomb is Here to Stay, But Are We? September 30, 1945
World Federalism / UN Reform
House, Structure of the United Nations, 1948
Senate, Revision of the United Nations Charter, 1950
Senate, Report, Revision of the United Nations Charter, 1950
Senate, Report, United Nations Charter Study, 1953
Senate, Atlantic Union, 1950
THE EISENHOWER YEARS
World Federation / UN Reform
Senate, Review of the United Nations Charter, DC, 1954
Senate, Review of the United Nations Charter, Ohio, 1954
Senate, Review of the United Nations Charter, Wisconsin, 1954
Senate, Review of the United Nations Charter, North Carolina, 1954
Senate, Review of the United Nations Charter, Kentucky, 1954
Senate, Review of the United Nations Charter, Iowa, 1954
Senate, Review of the United Nations Charter, Minnesota, 1954
Senate, Review of the United Nations Charter, Georgia, 1955
Senate, Review of the United Nations Charter, Florida, 1955
Senate, Review of the United Nations Charter, California, 1955
Senate, Review of the United Nations Charter, Colorado, 1955
Senate, Review of the United Nations Charter, DC, 1955
Senate, Review of the United Nations Charter, Index, 1955
Senate, Report, Review of the United Nations Charter, 1956
Senate, Print, Strengthening Free World Security, 1960
House, Atlantic Convention, 1960
House, Report, U.S. Citizens Commission on NATO, 1960
Senate, Report, U.S. Citizens Commission on NATO, 1960
Senate, Vote, U.S. Citizens Commission on NATO, 1960
House, Vote, U.S. Citizens Commission on NATO, 1960
THE KENNEDY YEARS
World Federation / UN Reform
President Kennedy, World Peace Through General and Complete Disarmament Augmented by World Law, 25 September 1961
Print, Clayton and Herter, A New Look at Foreign Economic Policy, 1961
Hearing, Foreign Economic Policy, 1961
Report, U.S. Citizens Commission on NATO, 1962
President Kennedy, Declaration of Atlantic Interdependence Speech, July 4, 1962
THE JOHNSON YEARS
Senate, Atlantic Union Resolutions, 1966
House, Atlantic Union, 1966
House, Report, Atlantic Union Delegations, 1968
THE NIXON/FORD YEARS
World Federation / UN Reform
House, Atlantic Union Delegation, 1971
Senate, Report, Creating an Atlantic Union Delegation, 1972
House, Creating an Atlantic Union Delegation, 1973
House, Report, Creating an Atlantic Union Delegation, 1973
House, Vote, Atlantic Convention, 1973
Senate, Report, Creating an Atlantic Union Delegation, 1973
House, Atlantic Convention Resolution, 1975
House, Report, Atlantic Convention, 1976
House, Vote, Atlantic Convention, 1976
THE CARTER YEARS
World Federation / UN Reform