Quotes on World Citizenship

With all my heart, I believe that the world's present system of sovereign nations can only lead to barbarism, war and inhumanity, and that only world law can assure progress towards a civilized peaceful community.

Albert Einstein

    The World Service Authoriy is a global humanitarian and human rights organization. Its main mission is to educate about,  to promote and to implement Human Rights, world citizenship, world law and the institutions of Law needed to implement and protect world citizenship and world citizens. Over 1,000,000, this includes those who registered with the International Registry of World Citizens in Paris, hasve registered with WSA, created on September 4, 1953. Ellsworth, Maine and founded (registered) in 1954 in Washington, District of Columbia non-profit organization registered under number #68001457.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the WSA? The political representation of the sovereign citizen of the world dynamically, intrinsically allied with sovereign humanity.

    What is its purpose? To provide a global political service institution for the installation and maintenance of world peace.
    How does the World Service Authority define "peace"? The result of a codified social contract between equally sovereign humans living in the same geographical environment.
    What do you mean by "citizen"? "Citizen" means the political empowerment of the individual. It implies rights and duties within a given social community.
    What is world citizenship? A recognition by the individual human of his/her rights and duties within the world community itself. It implies that the individual enjoys and uses world empowerment politically, that is, in the structuring of society.
    Have these global fundamental rights and freedoms been defined? Yes, in part by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations, December 10, 1948, the Stockholm Declaration of 1972 which includes ecological rights, and the most important multilateral binding treaty in the History of positive Law, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), ratified and transposed in National law by the following 168 countries: Afghanistan (24 April 1983), Albania (4 January 1992), Algeria (12 December 1989),  Andorra (22 December 2006),  Angola (10 April 1992), Argentina (8 November 1986),  Armenia (23 September 1993,  Australia (13 November 1980), Austria (10 December 1978), Azerbaijan ( 13 November 1992),  Bahamas (23 March 2008), Bahrain (20 December 2006), Bangladesh (6 December 2000),  Barbados (23 March 1976), Belarus (23 March 1976),  Belgium (12 July 1983), Belize (10 September 1996),  Benin (12 June 1992),  Bolivia (12 November 1982
     Bosnia and Herzegovina (6 March 1992), Botswana (8 December 2000), Brazil (24 April 1992,  Bulgaria (23 March 1976), Burkina Faso (4 April 1999), Burundi (8 August 1990), Cambodia (26 August 1992), Cameroon (27 April 1984), Canada (19 August 1976),  Cape Verde (6 November 1993), Central African Republic (8 August 1981),  Chad (9 September 1995), Chile (23 March 1976), Colombia (23 March 1976),  Congo, Democratic Republic of the (1 February 1977), Republic Congo (5 January 1984), Costa Rica (23 March 1976
     Côte d'Ivoire (26 June 1992),  Croatia (12 January 1993),  Cyprus (23 March 1976), Czech Republic (1 January 1993), Denmark (23 March 1976), Djibouti (5 February 2003,  Dominica (17 September 1993,  Dominican Republic (4 April 1978), East Timor (18 December 2003), Ecuador ( 23 March 1976), Egypt (14 April 1982),  El Salvador ( 29 February 1980), Equatorial Guinea (25 December 1987), Eritrea (22 January 2002     22 April 2002, Estonia (21 January 1992),  Ethiopa (11 September 1993), Finland (23 March 1976), France (4 February 1981), Gabon (21 April 1983), Gambia (22 June 1979, Georgia (3 August 1994, Germany (23 March 1976), Ghana (7 December 2000), Greece (5 August 1997), Grenada (6 December 1991), Guatemala (5 August 1992),  Guinea ( 24 April 1978), Guinea-Bissau (1 February 2011), Guyana (15 May 1977), Haiti 6 May 199, Honduras (25 November 1997), Hungary (23 March 1976), Iceland (22 November 1979), India (10 July 1979), Indonesia (23 May 2006), Iran (23 March 1976,  Iraq (23 March 1976), Ireland (8 March 1990, Israel 3 January 1992, Italy (15 December 1978),  Jamaica (23 March 1976,  Japan (21 September 1979,  Jordan (23 March 1976), Kazakhstan (24 April 2006
     Kenya (23 March 1976),  Korea, North (14 December 1981), Korea, South (10 July 1990), Kuwait (21 August 1996),  Kyrgyzstan (7 January 1995), Laos (25 December 2009), Latvia (14 July 1992),  Lebanon (23 March 1976), Lesotho (9 December 1992), Liberia (22 December 2004), Libya (13 March 1976),  Liechtenstein (10 March 1999), Lithuania (10 February 1992), Luxembourg (18 November 1983), Macedonia, Republic of (17 September 1991), Madagascar (23 March 1976),  Malawi (22 March 1994),  Maldives (19 December 2006), Mali (223 March 1976), Malta (13 December 1990,  Mauritania (17 February 2005), Mauritius (23 March 1976), Mexico (23 June 1981), Moldova (26 April 1993), Monaco (28 November 1997), Mongolia (23 March 1976), Montenegro (3 June 2006), Morocco (3 August 1979, Mozambique (21 October 1993), Namibia (28 February 1995), Nepal (14 August 1991), Netherlands (11 March 1979), New Zealand (28 March 1979),  Nicaragua (12 June 1980), Niger (7 June 1986), Nigeria (29 October 1993), Norway (23 March 1976), Pakistan (23 September 2010), Palestine ( 2 July 2014), Panama (8 June 1977), Papua New Guinea (21 October 2008), Paraguay (10 September 1992), Peru (28 July 1978), Philippines (23 January 1987), Poland (18 June 1977), Portugal (15 September 1978), Romania (23 March 1976), Russia (23 March 1976), Rwanda (23 March 1976), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (9 February 1981), Samoa (15 May 2008). San Marino (18 January 1986), Senegal (13 May 1978), Serbia (27 April 1992), Seychelles (5 August 1992), Sierra Leone (23 November 1996,  Slovakia (1 January 1993), Slovenia (6 October 1992), Somalia (24 April 1990),  South Africa (10 March 1999), Spain (27 July 1977), Sri Lanka (11 September 1980),  Sudan (18 June 1986),  Suriname (28 March 1977), Swaziland (26 June 2004), Sweden (23 March 1976), Switzerland (18 September 1992), Syria (23 March 1976), Tajikistan (4 April 1999), Tanzania (11 September 1976), Thailand (29 January 1997), Togo (24 August 1984), Trinidad and Tobago (21 March 1979),  Tunisia (23 March 1976), Turkey (23 December 2003), Turkmenistan (1 August 1997), Uganda (21 September 1995), Ukraine (23 March 1976), United Kingdom (20 August 1976), United States (8 September 1992), Uruguay (23 March 1976),  Uzbekistan (28 December 1995), Vanuatu  (21 February 2008), Venezuela (10 August 1978), Vietnam (24 December 1982), Yemen (9 May 1987), Zambia (10 July 1984),  Zimbabwe (13 August 1991)

    And the regional instruments:

    The American Convention on Human Rights (The Pact of San Jose, Costa adopted on 22 november 1969, entered into force on 18 July 1978, registered at the UN on 27 August 1979  No. 17955;

    The European Convention on Human Rights adopted on 4 november 1950;

    The EU Charter for Fundamental Rights integrated in the EU Constitution - The Lisbon Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe as signed in Rome on 29 October 2004, published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 16 December 2004. (http://europa.eu.int/constitution)

    What is the actual structure of the World Service Authority? Besides the operations of the World Service Authority, the "world commissions" to deal with specific aspects of human activities.
    What are these commissions? There are 20 as of this writing. They are Communications, Cybernetics, Design-Science, Disarmament, Economics, Education, Election, Energy, Environment, Film, Health, Judicial, Mundialisation, Planetary Vision, Space, Sports, Syntegration, Traditional Medicine, Women, and Youth Education.

    Who heads these commissions? (Communications) - Bruce L. Erickson (Cybernetics) - Michael Ben-Eli (Design-Science) - Wm. Perk (Disarmament) - Gideon Spiro (Economics) - Shann Turnbull (Education) - Nancy Yielding (Election) - Douglas Nixon Everingham (Energy) - Peter Meisen (Environment) - James Lovelock (Film) - Arthur Kanegis (Health) - Michio Kushi (Judicial) - Francis Boyle (Mundialisation) - Peter Clavelle (Planetary Vision) - Barbara Marx Hubbard (Space) - Dr. Carol Sue Rosin (Sports) - Nathaniel Lincoln Mills (Syntegration) - David Beatty (Traditional Medicine) - Dr. Charles McWilliams (Women) - Robin Lloyd; Dep. Coordinator: Tatyana Mamonova (Youth Education) - Jagdish Gandhi.

    What about the World Government's judicial system? A provisionary World Court of Human Rights was founded by the General Assembly of WGWC delegates on June 10, 1972 at Sausheim, H.R., France. Dr. Luis Kutner was appointed Chief Justice pro tem. Subsequently, a provisionary Statute was drafted by the Commission for International Due Process of Law. After Dr. Kutner retired, Dr. Francis Boyle has been subsequently appointed as Coordinator for the World Judicial Commission. Its task is to continue the evolution of the World Court of Human Rights.

    How can a world government start without a constitution? First, governments start by individuals recognizing a higher civic environment and allegiance than what has already been structurally legitimized. Second, the actual operation of that new civic agreement does not necessitate a formal constitution. The fundamental political program of the WGWC involves a protocol designed by cyberneticians to evolve a world constitution from the grassroots based on synergetic principles.

    Why should I "become" a world citizen? Because the social contract is the prerequisite to civic peace. In biological and physical fact, in the 20th century, you are born a "world citizen" since you are born a human onto planet Earth. Now in today's interdependent world, the most important issue facing all humans is the elimination of war within the human and/or planetary community. But the breeding-ground of war is anarchy. The dynamic political link therefore between humans throughout that community in recognition of their common humanity is made through the individual recognition of his and her innate and inalienable world citizenship.

    Why can't the nations make world peace? Nations, by definition, are mutually exclusive. All nations therefore support the condition of anarchy between them in order to justify their individual sovereignty. Anarchy, or no common legal agreement or government, breeds fear, threats, and war as the final option.

    Isn't international law sufficient for world peace? No. First of all, law requires a legislative body to enact it, and an executive body to administer and enforce it. (The more just the laws, the less enforcement is necessary). These institutions make up the essential governmental framework. So-called international law lacks these bodies hence it is merely a matrix of multilateral treaties between equal and independent sovereign states. Neither the individual nor humanity itself is or can be represented by "international law."

    Isn't pacifism enough for world peace? No. Pacifism is essentially an individual moral attitude towards other individuals and society. Peace in the social sense requires just codes or laws agreed upon by individuals. That is why social peace and justice are allied.

    But is there a moral side to world citizenship? Yes. "World," while pragmatic, is both a universal and unitive word. As such it embodies the moral teachings of humanity's gurus, sages, masters and philosophers from time immemorial. It implies both humanity as a family and its present home as planet Earth. Therefore it connotes the conceptual or value side of human existence whether called God, Truth, Wisdom, Tao, Allah, Jehovah or simply the Absolute. It also connotes our essential kinship with nature and all other species sharing life on this world.

    Is world citizenship compatible with national citizenship? National citizenship is exclusive. World citizenship is inclusive. In that sense, they are mutually exclusive. Citizenship, however, is like concentric circles. It is mutually complementary from local to global when based on the two components of society, the general and the individual good.

    Does that mean I have to renounce my nationality to become a world citizen? An exclusive nationality no longer represents you in terms of global problems, such as war and environmental devastation; it has already "renounced" you. Therefore, there is nothing to "renounce." In recognizing your actual world citizenship, you are thereby transcending the suicidal system, much as the Founders of the United States "transcended" the unworkable states' Articles of Confederation. National citizenship is an 18th century political fiction rendered obsolete by major world revolutions: technological, electronic, nuclear and space.

    But do I lose my nationality when declaring myself a world citizen? No. Since the individual is fundamentally sovereign, you have the right to choose your own political allegiance. (Ref, Art. 15(2), Universal Declaration of Human Rights). Your nationality has two aspects - cultural (or ethnic) and political. The laws determining the latter neither deny nor prohibit your adding world citizenship to your lesser citizenships. Also, society itself is not exclusively national. It is both local or municipal and global at the same time.

    Does humanity itself have rights? Yes. The proof is that if humanity perishes, so do we as individuals. Therefore if we acknowledge that individuals have the inalienable right to live, it follows that humanity does also. The link therefore between the individual and humanity in the so-called nuclear age is dynamic, not passive or theoretical.

    Where is the right to choose my own political allegiance defined? Both in international and national law. In the former, the principal doctrine is that of "self-determination." (See UN Charter and the International Covenants on Human Rights, inter alia).

    Then, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Art. 15(2) and 21(3), sanctions the legal expression of individual will as the basis of government. In national law, many constitutions refer specifically to fundamental human rights, i.e. the U.S. Bill of Rights, as inalienable and therefore irrevocable by any relative government. Certain US case law histories, FILARTIGA V. PENA-IRALA, 630 F.2d (2d Cir. 1980), for instance, have used the UDHR as "common binding international law."

    Where do I register as a world citizen? With the World Service Authority, the administrative agent of the WGWC. Its world office is 5 Thomas Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20005. Its telephone no. is (202) 638-2662; fax: (202) 638-0638. (info@worldservice.org). Go to registration form.

    What does it cost to register? Registration fee is $30 plus $30 annual assessment (and shipping to your destination).

    What do I receive in return? A World Citizen Card in 7 languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Esperanto) and a World Citizen Certificate with raised seal, confirming that you are a registered citizen of the World Government of World Citizens. The World Citizen Card is wallet-sized, numbered and laminated. Also, upon your written request, the WSA will include a form letter to be addressed by you (optional) to your local Head of Government informing him/her of your new global status. (See Part A below). In legal terms, this is known as "constructive notice."

    How do I use this card? It is your global political identification. Whenever you are called upon to identify yourself politically, you should first show this card.

    Does the World Service Authority issue other documents? Yes. The World Passport, the World Identity Card, the World Birth Certificate, the World Marriage Certificate, the World Political Asylum Card and the World Press Card (for members of the World Media Association).

    By what authority does the WSA issue a passport? The World Passport is the official travel document of the World Government of World Citizens. It is based on the inalienable right of all humans to travel freely on their own planet. This right has been partially identified by article 13(2) of the above-mentioned UDHR.

    But isn't the right of freedom of travel determined by the nations? No, not the right but the practice. Being exclusive political units, all nations collude in the frontier system, i.e., the division of the planet into separate political units.

    At the same time, they all agree through the United Nations Charter to "observe and respect fundamental human rights." Through the national passport and visa system imposed on the world citizenry they deny and thus violate their pledged confirmation of human rights.

    Then how can the World Passport actually work? First, it identifies the individual as a sovereign with the right to freedom of travel, a right agreed to in principle by all Member-States of the United Nations (Ref., art 56, UN Charter). Second, it represents this right in a form already acceptable to nations, i.e., a passport. Thus nations must consider it. Thirdly, as a growing number of individuals, especially refugees and stateless persons, accept and use it, national authorities are obliged to accept it both for motives of principle and necessity.

    But do any nations already accept it? Yes. The WSA has on files photocopies of visas, entry, residence and exit, from over 160 nations stamped on its passports sent by actual bearers. These are case-by-case, or de facto acceptance. A few nations, Togo, Mauritania, Ecuador, Zambia, Tanzania, Burkina Faso have accepted the WSA passport on a de juris or juridical basis. (See CD-Rom, Government Validation of the WSA Passport - This CD may be ordered from our catalog, in the basic documents section).

    What does the World Passport look like? It is a 30 page document in 7 languages - English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and Esperanto. It contains 19 visa pages with 2 pages for affiliate identifications, diplomatic, organizational, firms. On the inside back cover spaces are provided for home address, next of kin, doctor, employer, and other ID numbers. The cover is soft leather-like plastic.

    What is the cost of passport issuance? For a 3 year validity period, $55. For a 5 year validity period, $75 For an 10 year validity period, $100. A "World Donor Passport" with a special cover added is issued gratis to contributors for $400 or more to the World Refugee Fund. This fund allows the WSA Legal Department to provide free legal advocacy as well as various WSA documentation to refugees in camps unable to pay the issuance fees. The validity period for the "World Donor Passport" is 15 years with renewal of 3, 5, or 10 years.

    What are the issuing fees for the other documents? For the World Identity Card, $25. For the World Birth Certificate, $25. For the World Marriage Certificate (only for registered World Citizens), $50. For the World Political Asylum Card (only for registered World Citizens), $10. For the World Press Card (only for members of the World Media Association), $50 (2 year membership fee). Shipping and handling fees are extra.

    How does world citizenship affect my national status? This depends on what the citizenship requirements are of your particular nation. As world citizenship becomes your primary allegiance, certain national obligations, such as conscription and the payment of taxes for war become redundant. In other words, the legal justification for both have been rendered obsolete by your sovereign act. A national government, however, may continue to expect that you will fulfill any obligations that they impose.

    Does this mean I don't have to pay my national tax? No, you must pay that proportion of your national tax officially allocated to peaceful pursuits. (Please email WSA's Legal Department to request a detailed statement about this issue.)

    What about the rest? This portion may be paid to the World Government of World Citizens through the World Government Treasury Dept. account. (Please contact the WSA Legal Department for further information prior to any such donation.)

    Where is that account? At the Bank of America NA.
    And what happens to that money? It is used for the evolution of your global government.

    But can I choose how I want that money spent? Yes, Partially. When you register with the WGWC, you may request to receive a WG Annual Return Form. It provides various categories which you may choose for the utilization of your world tax donation. A blank space is provided for your choice. 50% of the funds are used for the operating expenses of the World Government, 25% for the evolution of an eventual World Government Bank, and 25% for other uses identified by individual registered World Citizens.

    Who controls this account? The World Coordinator and the WSA President jointly. Full statements are available on a yearly basis to all registered citizens.

    Do I have to pay this tax and why should I pay it? No you don't have to, but because, as a registered world citizen, you have both the right and duty to support your new government. Besides, the economic benefits to be derived from the full evolution of the WGWC will be of such a magnitude that its cost as compared to, for instance, the present national war budget (nearly $1.8 trillion for 2014) will be minimal.

    What about the IRS (or other national tax authorities)? There are legal arguments both for and against paying war taxes to a particular nation. The main legal argument for not paying war taxes is found in the Nuremberg Decisions which define international illegal acts involving war preparation, war making, crimes against peace and crimes against humanity.

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, arts. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 17(2), 18, 28 and 30, in recognition of the individual's legitimate sovereignty, provides additional legal defense for the non-payment of war taxes.

    US law, in particular, in recognizing conscientious objection to war, as well as such legal instruments as the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution afford valid arguments to the registered world citizen. (See also, Supreme Court Petition for Rehearing)

    Are there any other cogent legal arguments for the U.S. taxpayer? Yes. In addition, the above-mentioned FILARTIGA V. PENA-IRALA as well as THE PAQUETTE HABANA, 175 U.S. 677, 700 (1900), which established that "International law is part of our law..." inter alia, along with the defense of "necessity," provide supplementary legal arguments against local tax authorities.

    What can I use as the main reason for national tax refusal? The main justification resides in the imperative elimination of the condition of anarchy (by the individual joining the World Government) which condition alone justifies the entire national war or so-called national defense posture. Once the World Government was declared - September 4, 1953 - and began functioning whether globally recognized or not, no longer can a particular nation-state claim that world anarchy exists, therefore "national defense" is viable.

    But are there legal arguments for paying the world tax? Yes. The main one resides in the inalienable rights of the individual to have protection through democratic government. (Ref. Declaration of Independence and art. 28, UDHR, inter alia). Also the act of tax paying is voluntary. So also then is the act of choosing one's political allegiance.

    Citizenship, being socially concentric, that is, possessing levels of social contact, must inevitably and imperatively include the global in order to justify and protect the lower levels. It is on this principle that all states themselves depend.

    The economic support through voluntary taxation therefore of the World Government is essential to one's security, freedom and well-being.