Earth Federation Now! Tomorrow is Too Late

Errol E. Harris
November, 2005
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This book examines our planet’s increasing political and ecological problems and offers cogent arguments for a comprehensive global approach to these problems in the form of a democratic Earth Federation.

Professor Harris argues that the Establishment of a civil Earth Federation, democratically operated and empowered to enforce World Law, is the one truly practical approach. He discusses alternative approaches and examines the proposed Constitution for the Federation of Earth in detail.

“The abolition of the claim to sovereign independence is now the precondition of any effective measures against the ominous threats of catastrophe that we face today, because the root-source of the reluctance of governments to take effective measures to remove the perils now facing the peoples of the world, or to agree to concerted action where (as to remedy global warming) it is indispensable, is their exercise of national sovereignty. If the prevailing international anarchy is to be brought to an end with the maintenance world-wide of the Rule of Law, the one feasible means is the establishment of a federal world government constitution on sound democratic principles”

— From Errol E. Harris’ Introduction: “Are We Unteachable?”

About the author

Errol E. Harris is John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy (Emeritus) at Northwestern University, Honorary Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and the History of Science, Boston University, and a former President of the Hegel Society of America. He is author of some 30 books and dozens of articles in scholarly journals. Among his books are: Nature, Mind and Modern Science, Formal, Transcendental & Dialectical Thinking: Logic and Reality, The Survival of Political Man, Annihilation and Utopia, Cosmos and Anthropos, Cosmos and Theos, and Apocalypse and Paradigm: Science and Everyday Thinking.

Harris’s books have seen wide use in the university classroom. With a clear and incisive mind at 96 years of age, this could well be his best book.

Full Chapter and Sub-chapter titles:

Are We Unteachable?

1. The State of the Planet

  • Threats to Survival
  • Population
  • Agriculture
  • Fishery
  • Industry
  • Mining
  • Energy
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Cities
  • Tourism

2. Cautionary Tale

  • Interrelation of Problems
  • The Necessity for Species Diversity
  • Deforestation
  • Desertification
  • Atmospheric Pollution
  • Taking Stock
  • Conditions of Success
  • Resistance to Change
  • Cautionary Tale

3. 21st Century Crisis

  • September 11, 2001
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Global Terrorism
  • The Economic Scene
  • International Flashpoints
  • Persistent Perils
  • Obstacles to Amelioration

4. Sovereignty and Power

  • Aim of the Discussion
  • Sovereignty
  • Security and Vital
  • Interests
  • The Balance of Power
  • Treaties
  • Disarmament
  • International Law
  • Power Politics

5. Impracticable Choices

  • Has Anything Changed?
  • Proposals for Change
  • United Nations Reform
  • Peace Through Law
  • International Civil Society

6. Federalism

7. The Precedent

8. World Union

9. Efforts for Ratification

A Constitution for the Federation of Earth

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