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6 Social Democracy in Venezuela

Glen T. Martin
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The Bolivarian Revolution is alive and well in Venezuela. Having just returned from nine days in the epicenter of the Bolivarian Revolution, I would like to describe some of what I learned in meet...

7 The Legitimacy of Sovereign Nation-States and The Legal Validity of the Earth Constitution

Glen T. Martin

Abstract. This paper investigates the concepts of sovereignty and legitimacy. When and how is a political authority legitimate and what is the meaning of sovereignty in this context? Beginning with an overview of the ethical foundations of political authority, the paper proceeds to examine the concepts of economic legi...

8 Reflections on ‘Sovereignty’ by Zen Scholar Masao Abe

Glen T. Martin

Many spiritual traditions of the world have understood the need for human unity in diversity and the ascendency of one humanity on planet Earth. These traditions include Zen Buddhism as expressed in its famous Kyoto School of philosophy in Japan. Masao Abe (1915-2006) was a leading exponent of Zen and professor of philos...

9 The Curse of National Sovereignty

Glen T. Martin

The dogma of national sovereignty is an illusion and a curse. For those who understand the world system, the dogma of national sovereignty stands out as the single illusion that is most destructive of humanity’s quest for a world of peace, justice, and sustainability. “Sovereignty” means what is independent. In po...

10 Democratic World Law as the 21st Century Form of Love

Is not Man’s faculty for transcending the limits of his self, truly human! No living being but Man has this faculty. Is not transcending ourselves the very essence of love? Love is not sentiment…. True love is an act of swinging outwards, swinging away from the lover and reaching his fellowman, where it remains and does not return. Is ther...

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