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) Universal Movement and Strategic Plan for a Permanently Peaceful, Prosperous, Just, Sustainable World.
The objectives of this Movement and Strategic Plan include working with many others to:
- To rapidly reduce and ultimately permanently
end poverty, homelessness, malnutrition, preventable diseases, wars, use of
force, occupations, militarism, empire building, recessions, depressions,
gross wealth and income inequalities, corporate executive control over
public officials, environmental degradation, natural resource depletion,
corruption, fraud, exploitations, racism, the duress of finding work and
providing for one's family and all other injustices
- To ensure all humankind now and in the future have the opportunity to have at least a decent life
The primary purpose of this Movement and Strategic Plan is to help coordinate the efforts of the many movements, campaigns, alliances, organizations and individuals working on accomplishing the above objectives.
We collectively know what needs to be done but are mostly working separately with no overall plan, are duplicating many efforts, working on some unneeded items and making little progress.
Ultimately every significant action that must be done will be listed in a project management system in the cloud and encourage everyone working on reform to add their own action items and choose what they want to work on. Once they do this, they will be connected to others working on the same item all over the world.
After Congress returns on September 8, 2014, a list of proposed priority actions will be provided to our Public Servants to work with the People to:
provide the basic necessities of life to the sick, malnourished, hungry
Provide Full Employment/Jobs
for all at living wages in meaningful work primarily to provide
affordable needs for a decent
life for all humankind now and
in the future inluding in particular:
- Affordable housing, nutritious food, clean water
and air, comprehensive public transportation, energy, etc.
Comprehensive, Single Payer
Improved Medicare for All 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, Pre-K
Through a College Education and Vocational, Job Readiness and
Literacy Training for All for Life
- Affordable 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; Close Overseas Bases and Bring all the Troops and
Contractors Home in particular:
- Prohibit Israel and any other country using
any weapons or munitions provided by or taken from the U.S. for any
offensive purposes or for any use outside their established borders
- Take All Nuclear and Offensive Weapons
Off-alert and Return All Nuclear Weapons to the Continental U.S.
Disarm and Convert 90% of DoD-MIC Spending and Resources for Use for
Peaceful Purposes with no Layoffs.
- Create new Work Projects Administrations (WPAs) and Civilian
Conservation Corps (CCCs) equivalents in every state and in
Washington DC, Puerto Rico and all.Territories
- Implement alternative energy sources, energy conservation measures
and many of the other items in the Movement and Strategic
- Create new Work Projects Administrations (WPAs) and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs) equivalents in every state and in Washington DC, Puerto Rico and all.Territories
Provide Humane, Constitutional
Immigration Laws and Practices Considering that the U. S. Purchased
2/3rds of Mexico for $20 million in 1848 at Gun Point
- Cease all deportations, family separations and illegal
detentions and insure all rights are observed for all the
people regardless of their immigration status in particular the right to assistance of
counsel. These rights cannot and may not be
waived or denied by any judge, any legislation, official or individual
without amending the Constitution.
- Set Aside the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 as
Amended and Replace with Humane, Constitutional Immigration Laws and
- Cease all deportations, family separations and illegal detentions and insure all rights are observed for all the people regardless of their immigration status in particular the right to assistance of counsel. These rights cannot and may not be waived or denied by any judge, any legislation, official or individual without amending the Constitution.
- Enact very progressive property taxes on the net assets of
both individuals and corporations, companies and other entities with zero taxes for any individual
or company with less than $1 Million in net assets. Provide generous tax deductions
based on the worthiness of the charitable cause. Eliminate income, sales,
estate and all other taxes.
- Nationalize the Federal Reserve and recover/disgorge as much as
possible of the over $2.1 trillion of U.S. Treasury Securities and
the over $1.4 trillion of mortgage backed securities and all other assets
of significant value which were acquired directly or indirectly with
taxpayers money by the Federal Reserve
- Provide additional funds from the
of Funding Sources to accomplish the work in the strategic plan, pay down the national debt and end deficit spending,
sequestration, austerity program, recessions and economic collapses. In particular:
These and other individual actions from the Table of Priority Actions will be made into issues during election campaigns and debates and candidates for office are encouraged to include them in their platforms.
This Movement and Plan focuses on the U.S. Federal Government. Parallel, individual Movements and Plans for local, state and ultimately other nations' will be developed beginning with Washington DC - see Highlights of the Movement and Plan for a Prosperous, Just, Sustainable Washington DC.
This Movement and Strategic 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
We live in an Age of Abundance. There is no excuse or valid reason for poverty, malnutrition, homelessness, unemployment, etc. anywhere in the world today.
Poverty is not due to a lack of resources and people are not born 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 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 and correct these problems and their underlying causes 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 our own humanity and appealing
to the humanity of 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
- Meaningful work/jobs at living wages for everyone including all the ex-military, Department
of Defense and Military Industrial Complex personnel
- Sufficient funds for these jobs and to accomplish other actions
relevant to ending wars. The
of Funding Sources there more than enough funds.
- 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
- Meaningful work/jobs at living wages for everyone including all the ex-military, 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 tasks and subtasks.
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 tasks and subtasks required 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 are continually fed back into the Strategic Plan.
Comprehensive reform and refining and implementing this movement and strategic plan are 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.
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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