World Citizen Referendum
"Public opinion does everything."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
The Internet, skillfully applied and judiciously managed, can help serve as the obvious communication tool whereby the citizens of the world can finally vote on common global issues.
The World Citizen Government Web, under the aegis of the World Service Authority, has therefore introduced the first electronic World Citizen Referendum with the following questions:
The World Citizen Referendum Ballot ©
Note: The country code, and all five yes or no fields are required for the form to be processed.
The first question is asked in order to mandate the principle of the world Citizen referendum itself.
The second question is asked in order to mandate a democratic legal world order as a prerequisite for the protection of fundamental human rights.
The third question is asked to assign democratic responsibility for the protection of the common environment.
The fourth question is asked to redefine economic justice in democratic terms.
The results will be cumulative, compiled by the World Service Authority and published in the World Citizen News.
The First World Citizen Referendum might be considered a preliminary action leading to an Infoset of the World Syntegrity Project where the question addressed is: "How can we, as sovereign world citizens, govern our world?"
It can be argued that since only those with computers, modems and telephone lines can
participate, this initiative is exclusive and thus discriminatory. Those who need the
results of the referendum the most are per se excluded from participating. But the
argument is flawed. First, the rapid expansion of electronic communication via the
Internet is exponential. Secondly, to wait until everyone has a computer and can access
the Internet is like claiming that no one should use a telephone until everyone has one.