Humanity needs a new political system. This lecture series explores the alternative vision of extending democracy from the national to the global level, where it could actually work far better. It describes the rational way to balance the power of the global corporations, deal seriously with global crises, and turn nice aspirations like ‘human rights’ to reality. Hear about the history of this idea, answers to the doubts and misconceptions people have about it, and how it could come about. You can listen in any order you like, and also find the YouTube version for some helpful infographics and translated captions.
Popular struggles in the 19th century led to national level democracies with more equality and justice. Imagine what a similar struggle on the global level could do in the 21st century.
Global Democracy Q&A: Why make democracy global if even nationally it fails? What about starting from below? And the UN? And how to prevent concentration of power?
Should a vision of global democracy be based on a model of a federation or a confederation? Learn about the great differences between the two, and why it’s world federalism that could better balance global diversity and unity.
The Anti-Globalisation Movement and the World Social Forum believed ‘another world is possible’ and wanted ‘globalization from below’. Right-wing populists want de-globalisation. Learn why democratic globalism is the best option.
While Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ is surely beautiful, the hard truth is that love and solidarity are really not sufficient for world peace. A Democratic government is a necessary condition for peace and justice, and it can and should be achieved globally.
Who governs the world, and how? Learn about international organisations like the United Nations, World Bank, G20. Find out about multi-stakeholder networks and how badly they dealt with COVID through COVAX. Grasp the problems of ISDS. See how undemocratic our world is!
Like the Apartheid of South Africa, the international system divides humanity to ‘Bantustans’ of the nation-states, while the global market allows the world’s elite to exploit the majority. The alternative is Global democracy.
Why can't the Universal Declaration, the international treaties, the UN agencies and even the ICC provide us with real human rights? And what kind of democratic mechanism is needed to make them real?
What kind of ‘system change’ is needed to seriously cope with the climate crisis? To prevent the strong from polluting freely, we need nothing short of replacing the dysfunctional international system with a democratic federal framework for the world.
How can we really reduce the rates of poverty and inequality that have soared since the 1980s? While the international system allows the world’s elite and corporations to evade taxes, and all the charity industry and ‘development goals’ are but a distraction, what we really need to bring about justice and equality is a democratic world government.
Borders can’t solve the root causes of immigration such as poverty and persecutions. All the international organizations, agencies and ‘compacts’ only make it look as if something is being done, but to truly deal with these root causes we need global democracy.
Hear how a leading women’s rights campaigner and peace activist came to realise that a democratic world government with a world parliament and world constitution are needed to really ensure the rights of all women, minorities and stateless people.
Einstein’s life story led him to the kind of cosmopolitanism that has no illusions about human nature. Especially today, as we cluelessly face global problems, it’s worth listening again to his clear call to establish a democratic federal government above the nation-states to really bring about peace and justice.
Hear how India’s first Prime Minister sought to unite the post-colonial world into a democratic, socialist world federation, or ‘One World’, to bring about peace, equality and justice.
Learn how this Brazilian activist struggled to turn the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) into a global body that would end world hunger. And how, like his colleague John Boyd Orr, he realised that only a supra-national world government could achieve that.
Hear how the first President of Ghana sought to unite Africa in a Pan-African Federation, while his colleague Komla Agbeli Gbedemah worked for world federation through the World Movement for Federal World Government and the nascent United Nations.
Learn about this leading Japanese scientist’s work through the Pugwash Conferences and the World Federalist Movement to persuade countries to renounce war, as Japan had done in its Article 9 of the Constitution.
From the Montreux Congress to the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and beyond, learn about the ideas and campaigns of WFM, the leading international organisation working towards peace, justice and world unity.
There are many doubts and misconceptions about the idea, that can be dispelled by a close observation. On the way, we take apart some of the great lies that the current world order is built on.
Small-scale eco-communities can’t really solve the world’s problems. In our reality of shared global social and ecological systems, we also need a shared global democracy so we can really live in justice, equality and sustainability.
"McCartney: A Life in Lyrics" offers listeners the opportunity to sit in on conversations between Paul McCartney and poet Paul Muldoon dissecting the people, experiences, and art that inspired McCartney’s songwriting. These conversations were held during the past several years as the two collaborated on the best selling book, “The Lyrics: 1965 to Present.” Over two seasons and 24 episodes of “McCartney: A Life in Lyrics”, you’ll hear a combination master class, memoir, and improvised journey with one of the most beloved figures in popular music. Each episode focuses on one song from McCartney’s iconic catalog – spanning early Beatles through his solo work. Season 1 premieres on October 4th. “McCartney: A Life in Lyrics” is a co-production between iHeart Media, MPL and Pushkin Industries. Cover Portrait © 1967 Paul McCartney / Photographer: Linda McCartney
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