The World Government Constitution - Part 3

By Antonia Feitz
web posted June 19, 2000

Read part one here and part two here

For a bit of variety, we'll skip Article 6 of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth which deals with the World Executive, and move on to everybody's pet hate: bureaucracy. And the World Government doesn't disappoint. Not only are there 28 proposed departments, each headed by either a vice-president or a cabinet minister in the World Executive, but there's another group of agencies called the Integrative Complex. Now that's a gem of bureau-speak, isn't it .

One of these agencies is The World Boundaries and Elections Administration (Article 8. Sec.C). Let's get into the spirit of things and give it an acronym too - WBEA. This WBEA shows us just how democratic the World Government plans to be. Apart from defining the boundaries for the WEADs, the WEARs, the Magna-Regions and the Continental Divisions of Earth, it conducts the elections for the Duma - oops - the House of Peoples and the House of Counsellors.

To help the people of the world do their civic duty, WBEA will prepare and issue Voters' Information Booklets. These booklets summarise major public issues, list the candidates, and allow space for candidates to have their little say. Who writes the summaries of major public issues? Why, who else but bureaucrats from the Institute on Government Procedures and World Problems? Assisted of course by their colleagues from the Agency for Research and Planning, and the Agency for Environmental Assessment. What?

You doubt their impartiality just because they're all government bodies?

Tsk, tsk!

These booklets are then distributed to all the world's people, presumably after being translated into every world language. There's another socialist give away: profligacy with other people's money. Expense was of no concern to the parasites who framed this Constitution because they planned to use the hard-earned money of the genuinely productive people of the world.

But WBEA does more than run elections and distribute propaganda.

According to Sec.C.6, it also defines the rules of the world's political parties. After all, why let people muddle along by themselves wasting energy on factional brawls when they can simply be given a simple set of rules drawn up by the people who best know about these things. To a socialist, it's perfectly reasonable. It's just unfortunate for those reactionary types who refuse to see the glorious *order* that will follow from world government. In their obsession for order, socialists must definitely be anal-retentives.

The previously mentioned Institute on Government Procedures and World Problems - IGPWP - is another agency in the Integrative Complex. It would be more accurately described as the Ministry for Propaganda, and as befits its ignoble function, IGPWP is a very important body in the proposed world government.

You see, again just as in the communist countries, only the right people - the party people - can ever be elected or hold any office or be employed in any organ of the world government. Article 8. Sec.D.1 says that the functions of IGPWP are "To prepare and conduct courses of information, education and training for all personnel in the service of World Government, including Members of the World Parliament and of all other elective, appointive and civil service personnel, so that every person in the service of the World Government may have a better understanding of the functions, structure, procedures, and inter-relationships of the various organs, departments ..." blah, blah blah.

OK, so that might just be the world government equivalent of normal public service induction, but number 2 has IGPWP preparing and conducting courses and seminars for information, education, and updating people, particularly Members of Parliament and the chief personnel of all the multitudinous bodies of the world government. Such 'information' produced by *one* world government body cannot be independent.

The mania to control and centralise is the unifying thread of the Constitution, even though the evidence of the last century has indisputably proved such central planning is always disastrous. The internet could never have evolved in communist countries with their centralisation and control. Yet despite the overwhelming evidence of centralisation's failure, utopians are still attracted to it. Even though they live in the most advanced societies, they want society to match some utopian dream.

Such infantilism is the hallmark of our age and accounts for much of society's ills. As well as infantile, the framers were plain ludicrous. They plan to operate a Planetary Accounting Office, and even a Planetary Banking System.

Planetary? Perhaps they were Trekkies, for in Article 16 they also intend to "establish and maintain peaceful relations with other planets and celestial bodies when and where it may become possible to establish communications with the possible inhabitants thereof." Of course. Establishing cordial relations with aliens is a most pressing priority and deserves an office somewhere.

The sheer size of the public service in the world government beggars belief. For example, how many people will be employed by the World Civil Service Administration - WCSA? It formulates and defines standards, qualifications, tests, examinations and salary scales for the staff of all organs, departments, bureaus, offices, commissions and agencies of the World Government. It draws up lists and rosters of competent people and selects them for the various organs, departments, bureaus, offices, commissions etc. ... your eyes glaze over just reading it. People working in branch offices frequently complain that head office is remote. Imagine what One Big Head Office will do for communication and decision-making, let alone morale and efficiency in the bureaucracies of the world government.

All these agencies are supervised by 10 member commissions selected from the Houses, the Collegium of World Judges, various other agencies, the Office of the World Attorneys General etc, etc. More bureaucratic seat-warming. There will be five World Capitals, one of them a Primary World Capital. And the World Parliament may decide to rotate its sessions among the five capitals, if you please. More cost. Who cares? There are plenty of people in the world to tax.

This is just a tiny glimpse at the personnel required for world government.

Apart from what's been described, there will be a World Ombudsmus, a World Police Force and a World Supreme Court. And just for completeness let's document the proposed ministries. There will be ministerial World Government Departments for:

1. Disarmament and War Prevention
2. Population
3. Food and Agriculture
4. Water Supplies and Waterways
5. Health and Nutrition
6. Education
7. Cultural Diversity and the Arts
8. Habitat and Settlements
9. Environment and Ecology
10. World Resources
11. Oceans and Seabeds
12. Atmosphere and Space
13. Energy
14. Science and Technology
15. Genetic Research and Engineering
16. Labor and Income
17. Economic and Social Development
18. Commerce and Industry
19. Transport and Travel
20. Multi-National Corporations
21. Communications and Information
22. Human Rights
23. Distributive Justice
24. World Service Corps
25. World Territories, Capitals and Parks
26. Exterior Relations
27. Democratic Procedures
28. Revenue

The list makes a joke of national sovereignty. There is a proper need for co-operation between sovereign nation states; there is no need for the people of the world to be burdened with such a monstrous extra level of government.

To be continued.

Antonia Feitz is a senior writer for Enter Stage Right.

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