With the accelerated global developments moving our Western society towards a new political system of governance, we see a limited opportunity to improve our outdated social contract by empowering citizens in liberal societies in a way that allows us face to the challenges and opportunities of a hyper-digitized 21st century.

In our ‘position summary’ we structure our arguments as follows:

  • Citizens have become subservient to a new political reality evolving under the organisational structures of the United Nations towards ‘stakeholder capitalism', away from national self-government. By its own definition, this new global partnership requires citizens to take a democratic step back

  • To avoid falling further behind in the political process, we need to strengthen our position under international law by upgrading Article 29(3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

  • In this historic and highly celebrated document, which is technically non-binding but determinative in practical terms, the United Nations claims unilateral priority over human rights, and can suspend all rights at will without an independent judicial process (contradicting Article 1 proclaiming All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.)

  • For centuries it is understood that ‘every human law has just so much of the nature of law, as it is derived from the law of nature. But if in any point it deflects from the law of nature, it is no longer a law but a perversion of law.’

  • We argue that allowing non-elected bodies absolute dominion over the rights of humans is such a perversion of law

  • Traditionally, our Western constitutions and international treaties are written from the standpoint of the interests of the community, represented by the executive, over individuals

  • If a people is unable to influence policy through suffrage, it turns the executive power structures into self-sustaining institutions that ultimately represent "the system" rather than its voters

  • People's representatives then turn into 'system administrators' which inevitably leads to forms of socialism, communism and tyranny

  • The amalgamation of governmental and non-governmental executive powers under the auspices of the United Nations also puts pressure on the independence of the judiciary

  • While fraught with dangers to our human rights, digitization does allow global citizens to organise in unison, efficiently and exponentially for the benefit of social structures across the board

  • Building on John Adams' revolutionary ideal of a "government of laws, not of men," we should in fact strive to become "peoples of laws, not of governments."

  • In this we should not go under the illusion that the 'community' is always more important than the individual, or that individualism equals egoism

  • The lowest common denominator of a community is the individual, so robust individual rights make communities stronger, not weaker

  • Nor should we shy away from defining a hierarchy of values herein, based on 'First Principles'. It is from a powerful moral compass that we can strengthen the individual, the community and our Western democratic principles

  • Recognizing that the ultimate challenge remains how to keep the separation of powers independent, the individual must always enjoy impartial protection from the latent tyranny of the community

  • Consequently, Article 29(1) of the UDHR should also be amended.

World Alliance of Independent Thinkers

Jeroen Sluiter - All Rights Reserved – 2022 Version 2.4 (this 'position summary' is in constant evolution)

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Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) has recently announced that he is running as an independent candidate for governor of California. I believe this is a tremendous thing, not just for California, but potentially for the world as well.

Michael Shellenberger is one of those exceptional people who have been able to achieve more things in one lifetime than ordinary people would achieve in three, if reincarnation turned out to be real. Per his own website he is 'founder and president of Environmental Progress, an independent nonprofit research organization that incubates ideas, leaders, and movements.

Michael is a Time Magazine "Hero of the Environment," and Green Book Award winner. And he is cofounder of the California Peace Coalition, an alliance of parents of children killed by fentanyl, parents of homeless addicts, and recovering addicts.' He recently published the best-seller 'San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities (HarperCollins 2021) and the highly successful Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All (HarperCollins 2020).' Both books are voices of reason in times of ideology driven culture wars, and why I am excited about him running for office.

As he explained on Joe Rogan's show #1798, his frustrations described in San Fansicko and the refusal of politicians to try and fix disastrous policies, are part of the reason he is entering the political arena. It should be worth your time to listen to his compassionate yet emphatic reasoning behind his decision.

Weighing in on the War in Ukraine, he published an op-ed on Bari Weiss's substack Common Sense, describing how as "the West fell into a hypnotic trance about healing its relationship with nature, averting climate apocalypse and worshiping a teenager named Greta, Vladimir Putin made his moves."

As Shellenberger further explains, [t]he reason Europe didn’t have a muscular deterrent threat to prevent Russian aggression—and in fact prevented the U.S. from getting allies to do more—is that it needs Putin’s oil and gas. '

I believe making honest and factual analyses of any situation (let alone in times of hot conflict) is crucial to finding the right answers which, as Michael argues, should include "next-generation nuclear fuel technology". I agree.

Do our "leaders" have the courage to acknowledge this though? I doubt it. You can read his op-ed here: The West’s Green Delusions Empowered Putin


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That's it. That's the blog.


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