Description of the
Universal Movement and Strategic Plan
for a Permanently Peaceful, Prosperous, Just, Sustainable World
To change something create a new model that makes the old one obsolete"
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This website describes and provides easy access to the various elements of the Nonpartisan, Nonhierarchic (no sacred rulers or scripts) Universal Movement and Strategic Plan for a Permanently Peaceful, Prosperous, Just, Sustainable World.
Its primary purpose is to help coordinate the work of the thousands of organizations and millions of individuals already working on change and reform all over the world.
The objectives of this Movement and Plan include to permanently end poverty, homelessness, malnutrition, preventable diseases, wars, use of force, occupations, militarism, recessions, depressions, gross wealth and income inequalities, corporate and elitist control over public officials, environment degradation, natural resource depletion, corruption, fraud, exploitations, racism and other injustices.
This Movement and Plan focuses on the U.S. Federal Government. Ultimately we must have parallel individual Movements and Plans for local, state and other nations' governments beginning with Washington DC - see Highlights of the Movement & Plan for a Prosperous, Just, Sustainable Washington DC.
Salient Priority Actions of all these Movements and Plans include:
- Provide the basic necessities of life to the sick, malnourished, hungry
and homeless immediately
- Provide funds from the
of Funding Sources to accomplish the work in the strategic plan, eliminate
deficit spending, pay down the national debt and end sequestration and austerity
program. In particular:
- Nationalize the Federal Reserve
at living wages, in meaningful work, with vacations and paid sick and
maternity leave, are available for all.
- Ensure affordable needs and necessities of life are available for all
- Affordable and accessible housing, nutritious food, clean water
and air, comprehensive public transportation, energy, etc.
- Comprehensive, Single Payer Medicare with dental, pharmaceuticals,
behavioral health, long term and hospice care, etc. with no co-pays
or need for supplemental insurance
- Publicly financed, quality child care and Pre-K through a college
education with lifetime vocational, job readiness and literacy training
- Affordable and accessible housing, nutritious food, clean water and air, comprehensive public transportation, energy, etc.
End US Wars, Occupations, Use of Force, Sanctions, Military Alliances
and Empire Building Worldwide and
Disarm and Convert 90% of DoD-MIC Spending and Resources for Use for Peaceful
Purposes with no Layoffs
This Movement and Plan is a work in progress and by no means complete. It provides a framework for additional actions and plans which can be emailed to RefineThePlan@peoplenow.org to be inserted into the Movement and Strategic plan
By clicking on the menu to the left, you can review the parts of the Movement and Plan that you are particularly interested in and Subscribe to receive emails, work on Individual Action(s) or Common Agenda Plan(s) with others and join the Global Matrix Network
Comprehensive Reform and Refining and Implementing this Movement and Strategic Plan is Urgently Needed
Despite the people's many past and current efforts, we have increasing poverty, the most severe and growing wealth inequality of all times, illegal wars and conflicts, unaddressed climate change and dysfunctional governments largely under the control of wealthy, corporation executives and lobbyists.
According to the June 1, 2013 issue of The Economist “1.1 billion people subsists below the internationally acceptable extreme-poverty line of $1.25 a day and live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short." At least 300 million people in the world are unemployed or very underemployed.
Charles Ferguson in his book Predator Nation states: much of the American (and global) financial sector has become criminalized, creating an industry culture that tolerates or even encourages systematic fraud.
Our public and private sector officials have articulated no real solutions to these crises. Many are not telling us the truth and show little if any empathy for their fellow human beings.
There is no excuse or valid reason for poverty, malnutrition, homelessness, unemployment, etc. anywhere in the world today: We live in an Age of Abundance
Poverty is not due to a lack of resources or because people are lazy.
Accumulated knowledge and advances in productivity, science, technology, automation, computers, communications, education, training, health care, transportation, the internet and psychology makes it possible to eliminate poverty and inequities and have a permanently peaceful, prosperous, just world.
In their outstanding 1970's essay, The Problem of the Twentieth Century, Willard and Marguerite Beecher clearly show that we are living in an age of abundance and why we have poverty in the midst of this abundance.
"The Age of Abundance is upon us. Man need never again go hungry or cold. Natural resources abound, machines necessary to convert them into goods exist, and men are trained to operate these machines. Furthermore, we can manufacture as many machines as we desire, just as we can enrich the soil to produce abundant food and train people everywhere to do likewise, The whole world now has the capability to support itself free from want and almost free from disease." Willard & Margaret Beecher
As proof of this, according to Forbes.com in 2013, the world's 2,000 leading companies/corporations had total annual sales of $38 trillion, which was a little over half of the world's gross domestic product and a total employment of only 87 million, about 1.3% of the world’s population.
Also, the Summary of Funding Sources show that more than enough funds are available to have a peaceful, prosperous, just, sustainable world.
In their essay, the Beechers also state what most individuals already know: "Nevertheless, many people today are still cold, hungry, and sick.
There is no excuse or valid reason for wars, conflicts, nuclear weapons, standing armies, etc.
No viable, military threats to the U.S. exist.
Wars are illegal under the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928 which requires that all disputes or conflicts between countries be settled by pacific (peaceful) means as outlined in the Proof of the Illegality of U.S. Wars and Use of Force. This is true even if Congress declares war and/ or the UN authorizes the use of force.
The Constitution calls for a common defense not offense and state guards (militias) not standing armies.
To permanently end poverty, inequities and wars, we must thoroughly analyze the problems and work together from a common set of plans.
In his book The Sane Society, Erich Fromm, states:
- No change can be brought about by force. Fromm is correct.
Change must be brought about by demonstrating out own humanity and
appealiing to the humanityof others through understanding, cooperation
and encouragement. Even if
we could force change, reactionary forces would just get stronger and
reverse the change which is what has happened in Egypt.
- Change must
be a simultaneous change in economic, education, political and cultural spheres.
Changes restricted to one sphere are destructive of every change. For
example, as war is ended and the world disarms, we must have:
- Jobs for all the ex-military and Department of Defense and Military
Industrial Complex personnel
- Sufficient funds for these jobs and to accomplish other actions
relevant to ending wars
- Honest, capable public servants that enact the necessary legislation
to reprogram funding and budgets for jobs, reparations, bringing the troops
home, disarming, setting aside the Authorizations to Use Force and Status
of Forces Agreements, etc.
- Public and private sector individuals educated and trained on implementing
the Strategic Plan
- An enforced Rule of Law and all of the other items in this Movement and Strategic Plan
- Jobs for all the ex-military and Department of Defense and Military Industrial Complex personnel
The Zeitgeist Movement contends that the majority of the social problems which plague the human species are "Symptoms" born out of an outdated social structure. The defining goal of the Zeitgeist Movement, is the installation of a new socioeconomic model.
Permanently ending wars, poverty, inequities and all other significant injustices, installing the new Zeitgeist socioeconomic model, making the necessary changes in essentially all “spheres "and having a permanently peaceful, prosperous, just, sustainable world will require hundreds of Individual Actions. Completing each Individual Action requires multiple steps.
Project Management Software in the "Cloud" will be used to:
- Help coordinate the efforts of individuals and organizations prioritize, "sequence" and
implement the hundreds of Individual Actions
and all the steps necessary to implement each Action and implement the
multiple parallel individual Movements and Plans for cities/counties and states
and national governments
- Measure progress
- Provide means to ensure lessons learned during each Movement are fed back
into all the other Movements.
We Are at a Crossroad
If we work together, refine and implement this plan, we will have a peaceful, prosperous, just, sustainable world.
If we continue with the current failed monetary and political systems, allow corporation executives to control our governments and institutions and do not work together from a common set of plans, we will have:
- Increasing worldwide unemployment, poverty, malnutrition, hunger, diseases,
homelessness, wealth divide and a massive depression.
- Endless wars, occupations, militarism and empire building
- More torture, abuse, extraordinary renditions, false arrests and non-judicial
- Chronic water and energy shortages, environment degradation and natural resource depletion
President Eisenhower on the Costs of War and the Military Industrial Complex (MIC)
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." —Dwight D. Eisenhower, "The Chance for Peace" speech, April 16, 1953
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of
unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial
complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and
—Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address, January 17, 1961
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