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WELCOME TO THE WORLDWIDE COMMUNITY OF CIVIS MUNDI (World Citizens)

Quote by Noam Chomsky (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky):

In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival.

 PREAMBLE:

There are many threats to established Democracies and to establishing Democracy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy) in countries where it is wanted and long overdue. These multiple threats to democracy are modern day corporations, entrenched Oligarchy (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oligarchy), entrenched criminal elements, elitist groups, the Military Industrial Complex (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military-industrial_complex), military Juntas (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junta), political party hierarchies, elitist groups, corporate paid Lobbyists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobbying), Autocrats (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autocracy), Plutocrats (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plutocrat), foreign national influences, corporate pressured academics and others.

By our own complacent neglect, and by the unrelenting determination and the deceit of Special Interest Groups (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_interest_group), the process of decision making has been transferred from the people to unaccountable individuals and institutions. The People's Political Representatives — “Our Representatives” — in our Representative Democracy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Representative_democracy) — are now mere puppets controlled completely by these special interests. Whatever you may believe, they cannot and will never care about the people's interests. We are coerced into believing that they have altruistic motives when they are, for the most part, single-minded, merciless, selfish, and amoral entities.

The People are made to feel helpless by the propaganda machine which is controlled by corporate money, fed with corporate Think Tank (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Think_tank) reports and owned by Media Moguls (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_proprietor) with a vested interest in corporatist activity. You are asked to obediently rubberstamp their decisions, be patriotic, consume, shut up, be grateful and don't question their motives. (Go shopping. Have a beer and watch a game!)

Resistance to these devastating forces is paramount to our survival and the survival of the planet earth. These forces are without principles and morals. We must do something — that is obvious.

If you detest the reality of the today's situation then do something tangible. You can start here by becoming a self proclaimed “World Citizen”. It is a simple as that because, with your participation, we can be part of the solution — we might call it the 2 % solution.

The consequences of doing nothing are unforgivable. There is a moral obligation for all of us to impose guiding principles on these individuals and institutions that now control us without constraints.

There are no movie heroes who will come forward to save us — it is up to we citizens working together with a common goal — Remember that even the meekest among us is powerful when we cooperate.

Are you ready to make the planet a better place?

 ↑  INTRODUCTION TO CIVIS MUNDI WEB SITE

One of the nicest compliments anyone could say about another is that they are a “World Citizen”, first and foremost. The words signify that a person has concerns for his fellow man and his planet and that he or she is doing something about these concerns. Together let's start a fraternity of mankind under the name of “Civis Mundi” which is the literal translation of world citizen or its equivalent in all other languages.

I guess that every strategy should answer the 6 one word journalistic questions so here we go.

Let's try to answer these five simple questions with as few words as possible.

 ↑  WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

Global warming is not the only challenge we face today although one might think so from the occasional newspaper article. Here are a few more problems and concerns that I am aware of — in no particular order — Skip past these bold italized words if your time here is limited.

Denigration of women's rights, battered women, child poverty, child exploitation, world hunger, child soldiers, leprosy, IMF policies, hormone mimicking chemicals in the environment, undemocratic voting systems, flawed election systems, hackable voting machines, health care as a right, freedom to know and be heard, monopolizing of the media, spin doctoring, soil erosion, world fish stocks, loss of biodiversity, rain forests, habitat loss, species decline, land fills, excess packaging, vehicle emission standards, vehicle mileage standards, sea pollution, oil trasportation, lead pollution, pesticide use, estrogens in drinking water, dental amalgam pollution, Minimoto disease, fish farming, irradiation of produce, genetically modified organisms, labelling of food, special interest lobby groups, lost representative democracies, Middle East conflict, global warming/climate change, disadvantaged children, arsenic leach mining, oil sands energy, salt usage on roads, water softener salt problems, automotive recycle programs, planned obsolescence, 30,000 nuclear warheads, nuclear proliferation, depleted uranium contamination, birth defect rise, salvaging the people's commons, right of way, air pollution, coal power generation, renewable energy, bio-fuel, space exploration pollution, air travel pollution, ozone depletion, boating pollution, noise pollution, scent pollution, whaling, illegal fishing, livestock pollution, fresh water standards, special interest think tanks, public broadcasting, dragnet fishing, seabed destruction, dolphin decline, vaccine contamination, artificial sweeteners, food additives, plastic chemical leaching in toys, plastic bag problem, Teflon concerns, criminal activity in business, plight of the Inuit and other First Nations people, northern waters concerns, oil exploration concerns, foreign interference in domestic governments, private armies, torture, extraordinary rendition, artificial news, arms trade, traditional health products, seas, exposing “False Flag” operations, the Ogallala aquifer depletion, water tables, water diversions, river dams, growth hormones, contaminated meat, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, UV tanning beds, indoor pollution, asbestos usage problems, animal extinctions, gasoline additive problems, bee and insect pollination concern, drug resistant diseases, air standards, pesticide residue in food, excess chemicals in food, food container chemical leaching, national obesity, community recycle programs, dioxins, CO2 levels, bottled water, Great Lakes water basin, fair trade produce, declining male fertility, wilderness sell off, nuclear power generation, human rights, factory farms, clear cutting, farm forests, fish farming, natural disaster planning and relief, rising sea water/displaced people, undermining UN effectiveness, UN Veto abuse, Cell phone radiation, flower trade, herbicides, unfair international trade practices, unfair subsidies, World Bank policies, acid rain, rare raw resources, armament race, monetary disorder, wealth inequality, usury, world law, religious zealots, melding state with religion, dumbing down of populations, corporate owned academics, the business of war, academic freedom, masquerading greens, tritium filled lighting, tritium levels in water, treatment of animals, electonic waste, illegal drugs, cancer research, global monopoly, vanity jewelry, Bovine Somatotropin (BST), light pollution, pressure treated wood problems, sexual slavery, trafficking in people, genital mutilation, tradition of leblouh (forced feeding of girls), fraudulent advertising, internet fraud, identity theft, infiltration of NGOs (by special interests) plus infiltration of student groups, plus environmental groups and agencies, etc

So now we know “WHAT” the problem is — it is immense.

 ↑  WHERE MUST CHANGE COME FROM?

Noam Chomsky (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky) said that all change comes from the bottom up. Well — we individual citizens are the obvious bottom and we know change is needed so change must come from us. “WHERE” is from 2% of the people — everyone with a conscience — everywhere on the planet.

 ↑  WHEN DO WE NEED TO ACT?

It would be possible to insert the quotes from innumerable experts here but today I was surprised by the headline of The Guardian Weekly (http://www.guardianweekly.co.uk/) (March 2009)

Scientists: act now or face climate catastrophe.

Scientists have issued a desperate plea for world leaders to curb greenhouse gas emissions or face an ecological and social disaster. More than 2,500 climate experts from 80 countries at an emergency summit in Copenhagen last week said there was no excuse for failing to act.

There are many other events that reported the same thing ages ago but it was considered not newsworthy by those who control your right to know.

And now we know how much time we have, so the answer to the “WHEN” question is NOW.

 ↑  WHO WILL PARTICIPATE IN MAKING CHANGE?

Preamble:

Corporations will do nothing unselfish until government legislation makes them.

Governments and Political Parties will do little until citizens give directions them and force them.

Individual politicians will do little so long as they are obliged to represent the interests of others over the interest of the citizens who voted them into office.

Environmental Parties and organizations can do little without citizen support and receptive politicians — who, in turn, are recruited by knowledgeable citizens.

NGO's (Non-governmental_organizations (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-governmental_organization)) can do little without citizen support, financial backing, and receptive politicians.

The UN is able to do less and less every day as it is overwhelmed by big business and powerful nations controlled by big business.

As possible less than 1% of Canadians participate in all political parties then we concerned citizens need about the same percentage to regain control of our Representative Democracy. It is that simple here in Canada, and it is that simple everywhere.

And now we know “WHO” has to do it and it we citizens.

 ↑  WHY BOTHER?

I think this is obvious. How about?

Because of our compassion for mankind, our planet and our grandchildren! That's “WHY”!

 ↑  HOW?

With 2 % world citizens like you (Civis Mundi) following the relatively few suggestions which follow! That's “HOW”

As self proclaimed world citizens this is where, when, why and how we —“ 2% of the people” — will make an effort.

Don't be discouraged —just remember this quote by Arthur Schopenhauer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Schopenhauer): All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Second it is violently opposed. Third it is accepted as being self evident.

DISCLAIMER

Unfortunately there will be some who will try to ridicule and oppose this world citizen idea and blame us for everything every every individual Civis Mundi does, so I have to put this disclaimer here. I wish I didn't have to.